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François Norbert Blanchet
Bishop Blanchet
Born 30 September 1795
Died 18 June 1883 in Portland, Oregon
Church Roman Catholic
Congregations served St. Paul Roman Catholic Church
Offices held Archbishop of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland
Parents Pierre Blanchet
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François Norbert Blanchet (30 September 1795 – 18 June 1883) was a missionary and the first Archbishop of the present-day Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland. (The Archdiocese was the Vicariate Apostolic of Oregon Territory in 1843, and subsequently the diocese and then archdiocese of Oregon City.)

In the autumn of 1838 as Vicar General, Blanchet arrived in Oregon Country.[1] He arrived at Fort Walla Walla, a Hudson's Bay Company fur trade outpost located in the present state of Washington where he celebrated mass and baptized three Roman Catholic converts.[1] Blanchet’s traveling party included fellow priest Modeste Demers.[1]

Years later, in the aftermath of the death of pioneer Ewing Young, Blanchet was selected to help draft the laws of a new government in Oregon at a February 18, 1841, meeting.[1] This meeting was held at David Leslie’s home on French Prairie near Champoeg.[1] The meeting was one of the first Champoeg Meetings that were held to deal with the estate left by Young at his death as there were no known heirs. Two years later these meetings would culminate in the formation of the Provisional Government of Oregon.

He died in 1883 and is interred at St. Paul Cemetery in St. Paul, Oregon.



In 1995, the Archdiocese of Portland approved the plans to build a Catholic secondary school in Salem, Oregon under the condition the school be named Blanchet. Blanchet Catholic School opened in 1995.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Lockley, Fred (1982). Visionaries, Mountain Men, & Empire Builders. Rainy Day Press.  

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