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Demetrius Gallitzin

"Apostle of the Alleghenies"




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Historical, Poetical and Pictorial American Scenes; Principally Moral and Religious; Being a Selection of Interesting Incidents in American History: to which is Added a Historical Sketch of Each of the United States.

          by John W. and Elizabeth G. Barber

Page 80.

Demetrius Augustus Gallitzin, a Catholic clergyman of Cambria Co., Penn., was born at Munster, in Germany.  His father, Prince de Gallitzin, ranked among the highest nobility of Russia; his mother was the daughter of a celebrated Field Marshal, under Frederick the Great.  The young Prince held a high commission in the Russian army from his infancy.  While quite a youth, he came to America, and landed at Baltimore in 1782.  He soon turned his attention to the christian ministry, and for 42 years exercised the pastoral office in Cambria County.  When he first came to this place, situated among the Allegheny mountains, he found it a wilderness, but by great labor and privations, and after expending a princely fortune, he succeeded in making "the wilderness to blossom as the rose."  He who might have reveled in princely halls, spent thirty years in a log cabin, denying himself, that he might raise the fallen, clothe the naked, and feed the hungry.  He died in May, 1840 at Loretto, near Ebensburg, aged 70 years.