Jesuit priest and missionary from Orleans, France. The first white man
to view Lake George.
First white man to view Lake George, Fr. Jogues named the
lake "Lac du St. Sacrament" in honor of the Feast of Corpus Cristi, May
29, 1646. He brought Christianity to the Huron Indians, 1636-42. Captured
and tortured by the Mohawk Indians (with the loss of his thumbs and half
of his index fingers in 1643), he escaped with the help of Dutch settlers
and returned to France the same year. The Indians believed that by
removing his thumb and index finger he would not be able to call down the
spirits. He was martyred in Oct. 1646 by the Mohawk Indians as he
returned to the new world to spread Christianity. He attained sainthood
June 29, 1930.