Clergyman; born in The Hague
, Dec. 22, 1770, where his father was Russian
He belonged to one of the oldest and richest families among the Russian
In 1792 he came to the United States
for the purpose of travel, but determined to become a Roman Catholic
He entered the St. Sulpice Seminary in Baltimore
, and was ordained a priest March 18, 1795, being the first priest who had both received holy orders and been ordained in the United States
He was sent on missions, but was recalled in consequence of his impetuosity and over-zeal.
In 1799 he was appointed pastor at Maguire
He purchased 20,000 acres in the present Cambria county, Pa.
, which he divided into farms and offered to settlers on easy terms.
Although constantly hampered by lack of money to carry out the grand schemes he contemplated, his colony took root and soon sent out branches.
He had adopted the name of Schmettau, which was anglicized into Smith
, but in 1811 he resumed his own name.
He died in Loretto, Pa.
, May 6, 1841.