Biography of Brother Edward
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Edward, Brother, was born in Scranton, Pa., November 29, 1854. In his early years he attended the public schools and afterwards St. John's Academy, of Pittston, Pa. He was destined by his parents to follow in the footsteps of an uncle, a physician of much note in that locality, but this proved distateful to him and he entered upon the duties of a commercial life, which he pursued but a short time, and in October, 1874, he entered the order of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. After passing through the ordeal of the novitiate and training school of the Brothers, he was sent to teach in one of their schools in New York city. In less than two years he was made principal and acted in that capacity until 1888, when he became assistant director of the De La Salle Institute, one of the largest academies of the order in New York city. In 1890 the principalship of La Salle Institute of Troy becoming vacant, Brother Edward was sent by his superiors to assume charge of the institute, and in this capacity he has shown himself to be a most successful instructor and manager. Shortly after taking charge of La Salle Institute, Brother Edward wishing to successfully compete with the high schools and academies of the State, applied to the University of the State for admission; and after the regular requirements were complied with, the school took its first examination in June, 1891; the results were far below his expectations, but this did not dishearten him. Gathering around him his confreres he infused into them his own spirit and at the close of the following scholastic year, he had the distinguished honor of seeing La Salle Institute receive the highest academic honors ever granted by the Univerrsty of the State of New York. This distintion it has continued successively to hold from June, 1892, to the present time, June, 1896. Brother Edward is still in the prime of life, and is possessed of untiring activity and will no doubt continue to make his influence felt in the cause of education.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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