Brief Sketches of Notable Catholics Born in New York City A-C

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Educator. Born in New York City on May 25, He studied at St. Francis Xavier, became a Jesuit in 1896, was at Innsbruck in 1907-11, and taught at Canisius and Boston College. He set up the seismograph station at the latter and gained attention as a radio commentator on the "Catholic Truth Period" program, of which he was director from 1929 to 1950. He also had taught at Holy Cross and was president of Canisius from 1919 to 1923. He died in Boston on June 5.


Scientist. Born in New York City on Feb. 6, he studied at Columbia, obtained a degree in medicine, then taught mathematics and astronomy at Columbia from 1841 to 1866. In 1848 he was a member of the United States expedition to the Dead Sea. He became a convert in 1849, served as head of the supreme council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and established and helped to build the New York Catholic Protectory. He died in Lahore, India, on Oct. 19, and is buried in Fort Lee, New Jersey.


Bishop. Born in New York City on Sept. 15, he studied at Montreal and at Mt. St. Mary's, Maryland, was ordained at Baltimore in 1838, served in upper New York State, and was pastor of a Brooklyn parish from 1841 to 1855, when he became first bishop of Portland, Maine. The diocese included the entire state had six priests and eight parishes, and was plagued by Know-Nothing propaganda; by the time of his death there were sixty-three parishes with 80,000 Catholics. He died in New York on Nov. 5.


Critic. Born in New York City, he did his undergraduate and doctoral work at Columbia, taught at Yale from 1895 to 1911 and from then until his death in New York at Columbia and Barnard. He wrote texts, essays, poems, and three scholarly studies: Ancient Rhetoric and Poetic, Medieval Rhetoric and Poetic, Renaissance Literary Theory and Practice.

BOYLAN, JOHN J. (1889?-1953)

Bishop. Born in New York City, on Oct. 7, he studied in Emmitsburg and Rochester seminaries, at Catholic University and the Pontifical Athenaeum, Rome, and was ordained in 1915. He did parish work in Council Bluffs, Iowa, taught at Dowling College, Des Moines, from 1918 to 1923, and was its president to 1942. He was vicar general of the diocese of Des Moines from 1934-1942 and was consecrated bishop of Rockford, Illinois, in 1943. He died near Narragansett, Rhode island, on July 19.

BOYLAND, WILLIAM A. (1869-1940)

Educator. Born in New York City on Jan. 6, he studied at St. Francis Xavier, taught in the public schools of the city, was associate superintendent of schools in 1927-30 and from 1930 until 1938 served as first president of Brooklyn College. He died in New York City on July 8.


Bishop. Born in New York City on Jan. 8, he was ordained, became a monsignor, entered naval service as a chaplain, and was the first Catholic chaplain to attain the rank of rear admiral in the United States Navy. He received several decorations from this country and France. He died in New York City on Aug. 16.


Author. Born in Brooklyn, New York on Dec. 7, he graduated from Harvard in 1910, when he joined the staff of the New York Morning Telegraph, went to the Tribune in 1912 as feature writer, sports writer, drama critic, and was war correspondent in France during World War I. On his return he became literary editor and wrote a daily book column. He transferred to the New York World in 1921 and soon became widely known for his column, "It Seems to Me," He was discharged in 1928 when he refused to discontinue his bitter columns on the Sacco-Vanzetti case, joined the staff of the New York Telegram (which absorbed the World in 1931), and became one of the most widely syndicated columnists in the United States. He ran unsuccessfully as a Socialist for Congress in 1930, founded the American Newspaper Guild in 1933, and became its first president. he became a convert in 1939. He lectured at Columbia and elsewhere, edited the Connecticut Nutmeg, a weekly, and was an amateur painter. His books include: Seeing Things at Night (1922), Sitting on the World (1924), Gandle Follows His Nose (1926), Anthony Comstock (with Margaret Leech, 1927), Christians Only (with George Britt, 1931), and the Autobiographical The Boy Grows Older (1922). He died in New York City on Dec. 19.

BURKE, JOHN JOSEPH (1875-1936)

Born in New York City on June 6, he studied at St. Francis Xavier and Catholic University, was ordained as a Paulist in 1899, edited the Catholic World from 1904 to 1922, and helped found the Catholic Press Association in 1911. In 1917 he founded the National Catholic War Council to co-ordinate Catholic war activities, successfully fought for a single unified war-work fund rather than separate denominational funds, and received the Distinguished Service Medal in 1919. He received the hierarchy's support in 1919 to continue his organization as the National Catholic Welfare Council (now National Catholic Welfare Conference) to co-ordinate Catholic activities in the United States, and served as its general secretary until his death in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30. He was active in presenting the bishops Program of Social Reconstruction, drawn up in 1919, and applying it to the Depression of the thirties, worked with the state department and Mexican President Callas to restore religious freedom in Mexico in 1928, and was made a monsignor in 1936.


 Born in New York on Apr. 14, he studied at the Propaganda in Rome, was ordained in 1862, was a curate in New York City, and in 1868 became pastor of Epiphany parish. He supported Fr. McGlynn in his rebellion against the archdiocesan authorities and in 1889 was ordered to retire to a small parish in Roundout, New York. He twice appealed to Rome for reinstatement and was refused; in 1905, however, he was made a monsignor by Pope Pius X and named pastor of St. Mary's, Kingston, New York, where he died.



Bishop. Born in New York City on Oct. 15, he studied at St. Francis Xavier College, and St. Joseph's Seminary, Troy, where he was ordained in 1876. He did parish work in New York until 1897, was appointed chancellor, and held this position until 1903, when he was appointed bishop of Buffalo. He died there on May 9.


Lawyer. Born in New York City on Mar. 1, he studied at Columbia, was admitted to the bar, and acted as legal adviser to the government during the Bering Sea seal-fishing dispute with Great Britain and in the boundary dispute between Venezuela and British Columbia. Though active in politics, he refused several political offices, agreeing to serve, unsalaried, as a member of the board of education of New York. He died in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 20.


Publisher. Born in New York City on Oct. 12, he studied at Lawrenceville and Princeton, and became associated with the publishing firm of Funk& Wagnalls Co. in 1918. He was general manager and president in 1940-46 and chairman of the board from 1946 until his death at Southampton, New York, on July 4.


Publisher. Born in New York City on Dec. 31, he was publisher of the Literary Digest from 1890 to 1937, head of Funk & Wagnalls Co., from 1914 to 1948, developed the plan for the Standard Encyclopedia (1912), and issued sermons and religious reference works for various faiths. He died in New York City on Dec. 22.


Bishop. Born in New York City, on June 16, he studied at St. Francis Xavier, St. Joseph's seminary, Troy, and North American College, Rome, where he was ordained in 1894. He engaged in parish work in New York was Archbishop Corrigan's secretary in 1901-2, was pastor of Our Lady of Solace in New York from 1902 to 1923, and in 1923 was appointed bishop of Syracuse. He died there on Aug. 3.


Bishop. Born in New York City on Feb. 22, he studied at St. Francis Xavier, was ordained in 1885, served as superior of the New York diocesan missionaries in 1897-1904, then became auxiliary bishop of New York, and was transferred to Albany as fifth to direct that see. He died on July 12.


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Article Name: Brief Sketches of Notable Catholics Born in New York City
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


BIBLIOGRAPH: Dictionary of Catholic Biography by John J. Delaney and James Edward Tobin, Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City, New York (1961)
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