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Anton Docher

Deceased Person

Anton Docher (1852-1928) was a French Franciscan Roman Catholic priest, missionary and defender of the Indians. He was born in 1852 in Le Crest, a small wine growing village of Puy de Dôme in Auvergne. He lived in the pueblo of Isleta in the state of New Mexico for 34 years. His French name was Antonin Jean Baptiste Docher (pronounced ɑ̃tɔnɛ̃ ʒɑ̃ batist dɔʃe ) but his American first name became Anton, and in the American literature he was sometimes called Antonin, Antonio, Anthony, Antoine, Antonine or Antonino. During his youth, Father Docher worked in the vineyards with his three brothers and his widowed mother. At the age of 18, he became a student at the "Petit" Seminary of Saint Sauveur in Puy de Dôme, staying there for eight years. At the age of 27, during his first year studying Philosophy in the "Grand" Seminary of Clermont-Ferrand, he was conscripted for military service and was sent to Africa then to Cochinchina where he fought for five years in the colonial army, achieving the rank of sergeant. Docher was wounded and decorated for bravery, but his experiences led him to recognise the immorality of colonialism, which he later compared to the fate suffered by Native  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1852
Place of birth
Le Crest

Death

Date of death
1928

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