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Charles Henry Jourdan

Charles Henry Jourdan, Professor of Mathematics at Mount St. Maryís College, Emmitsburg. Frederick County, Md., was born, February 24, 1830, in Forcalquier Provifice, France. His father was Antoine Jourdan, and his mother Francoise Bremond Jourdan. They raised a family of seven children, five girls and two boys. Charles Henry was the youngest of the family. One of his sisters, Francoise Jourdan, is still living at Forcalquier. In 1871 his elder brother, Jerome Jourdan. brought his wife and children to the United States and settled in New York, where he and his wife died, leaving one son, Henry J. Jourdan, who resides in New York.

Charles H. Jourdan was educated in the public schools and colleges of his native land. Mathematics and Physical sciences were his favorite studies. He taught in public schools in France until 1861, when he emigrated to America, and spent four years in Montreal, Canada, teaching French and mathematics in some of the best schools of that city. In 1865, Professor Jourdan was called to Mount St. Maryís College, Emmitsburg, Md., to take charge of the department of mathematics, physics and chemistry. Professor Jourdan has been connected with Mount St. Maryís College since 1865. During that time he was absent from the college for five years, one year was spent in Parras, state of Coahuila, Mexico, and four years at Seton Hall College, South Orange, N. J. He returned to Mount St. Maryís in 1895.

Professor Jourdan has won for himself an enviable position in educational circles. When he came to America, he enjoyed the friendship of Joseph Henry, the eminent scientist, whose statue stands in Washington. P. C. and, through him, Professor Jourdan formed the acquaintance of distinguished educators throughout the country. When Cornell University was founded, in 1868, President White, the first president of the new institution, invited Professor Jourdan to take the chair of mathematics, but the professor had become so much attached to Mount St. Maryís college, that he declined the honor. Under his care the department of mathematics has become very effective in this college.

On July 6, 1871, Professor Jourdan was married to Adelaide, youngest daughter of Dr. Henry Dielman, famous as a musical composer. Their children are: 1, Frances, died in Mexico during his fatherís residence in that country; 2, Flora (Mrs. Frank A. Roddy), of Thurmont, Md.; 3, Edith, at home. Professor Jourdanís home, Pleasant Level. is a fine farm of sixty acres, one mile from the college.

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