James Kent STONE, educator, was born in Boston, MA, 10 November 1840; son of
the Rev. John Seely (q.v.), and Mary (KENT) STONE, and grandson of
James KENT (q.v.). He was graduated from Harvard, A.B. [B.A.], 1861, A.M.
[M.A.] 1863, meanwhile continuing his studies at the University of Göttingen
and in Italy. He enlisted in the civil war, 2nd Massachusetts volunteers,
but was obliged to retire from service on account of his severe injuries.
was assistant professor of Latin language and literature in Kenyon college,
Ohio, 1862-63; professor of the same, 1863-67; and professor of mental and
moral philosophy, and president of the college, 1867-68. He was married in
1863 to Cornelia [FAY], daughter of Harrison FAY of Boston, MA, by whom he
had three children. He was elected president of Hobart College, Geneva, NY,
in 1868, but resigned in 1869, soon after becoming a convert to the Roman
Catholic faith and a member of the missionary society of St. Paul, the
Apostle (Paulist Fathers), New York City. In 1876 he joined the Order of
Passion (in which he was known as Father Fidelis), filling various offices
Europe and the United States, and also establishing houses of his order in
Chili and Argentine Republic, during his twelve years' residence in South
America. He received the honorary degree of D.D. from Racine college,
Wisconsin, in 1868, and is the author of The Invitation Heeded (1870).
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