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John Carroll
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John Carroll, America’s first Catholic bishop, helped found Georgetown University in 1789. It was the first Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States and overlooked the village of Georgetown (modern-day Washington, D.C.). Classes started in 1792 as a means to provide religious training for ministry. Within a decade, it began to offer an array of courses. The school’s first bachelor's degrees were awarded in 1817.

Today, Georgetown is a renowned private research university with more than 17,000 students and famous alumni, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
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Georgetown University, Healy Hall- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Daderot.JPG

John Carroll portrait- Internet Archive- from Biographical Sketch of the Most Rev. John Carroll by John Carroll Brent

Georgetown College- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-107171

Georgetown University- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Patrickneil (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Georgetown University, Dahlgren Chapel- photo by Fightindaman at English Wikipedia
Book/Journal Source(s)
McBrien, Richard, 1995. The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism. New York: HarperCollins.
Web Source(s)
Georgetown University's Official Website
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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