This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

November 28, 1817

Many stories have been written about Nicholas Devereux, the namesake to one of the dormitory buildings St. Bonaventure University’s campus.

But many people do not quite know his relationship to the school.

Devereux was the sole person who brought the Franciscan friars to Allegany in 1848, beginning the establishment of the university.

It was during one of his first trips to New York, however, that he met the family of Dr. Benjamin Butler. Devereux especially liked Butler’s daughter.

It was on this day that Butler’s daughter, Mary Dolbear Butler, married Devereux.

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