David, John Baptist Mary, 1761–1841, French missionary in the United States, b. Brittany. He was educated at Nantes, joined the Sulpicians, and because of the French Revolution emigrated to the United States. At Bardstown, Ky., he founded a seminary (St. Thomas) and schools for boys and girls. He also established a community of Sisters of Charity at Nazareth, Ky. From 1819 he was bishop coadjutor of Bardstown. Bishop David's devotional works were popular for a generation.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.