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Modeste Demers

Birthplace: St-Nicolas, Lévis, Desjardins, QC, Canada
Death: Died in Victoria, Capital Regional District, BC, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Michel Demers and Rosalie (Faucher) Demers
Brother of Marie-Rosalie Demers

Occupation: Archbishop of Oregon City
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About Modeste Demers

Modeste Demers arrived in the Oregon Territory in 1838.

Modeste Demers (1809–1871) was a Roman Catholic Bishop and missionary in the Oregon Country. A native of Quebec, he traveled overland to the Pacific Northwest and preached in the Willamette Valley and later in what would become British Columbia.

In 1838, Demers arrived with Blanchet in the Willamette Valley of what would become the U.S. state of Oregon. Demers quickly became immersed in the work with the local trading post staff and the Chinookan nation. For the Chinooks, he quickly learned the language and worked on a dictionary, a catechism, a prayer book, and hymns in that language. In 1844, he became the first priest at Oregon City.


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Modeste Demers's Timeline

October 11, 1809
Lévis, Desjardins, QC, Canada
July 28, 1881
Age 71
Victoria, Capital Regional District, BC, Canada