De Smet, Pierre-Jean

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De Smet, Pierre-Jean Gender: M
born on 30 January 1801 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Termonde, Belgium, 51n02, 4e07
Timezone LMT m4e07 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 09°54' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 12°49 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 22°31'

Pierre-Jean De Smet


Belgian Roman Catholic Jesuit priest, one of the giants of the pioneer west of the American continent. In the mid-19th century, his influence with the Indians was so great that his figure dominated the era. He was accepted by the Indians as a half-brother due to his efforts on their part in treaties, a trusted spokesman whom they named "Black Robe."

Desmet made the first of many journeys in 1847; traveling for three decades into the uncharted territories from Mississippi to the Pacific, establishing missions and schools.

He died 23 May 1873 in St. Louis, Missouri

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

LMR quotes Biography: John Upton Terrell "Black Robe" (Baptismal Register, p.24, published 1964).

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Life, Letters and Travels of Father Pierre-Jean de Smet, S. J., 1801-1873" (F.P. Harper, 1969 [1905]), p. 9: "I baptized Pierre-Jean, born this morning at about five o'clock, and Coleta Aldegunda, born at a quarter after five, twin children of Judocus De Smet of this parish and Joana Maria Buydens, of this parish, his wife."


  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Passions : Sexuality : Celibacy/ Minimal (Minimal)
  • Personal : Birth : Twin, triplet, etc. (Twin)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (R.C. priest)
  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Black Robe)