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Guilday, Peter Keenanlocked

(25 March 1884–31 July 1947)
  • Henry Warner Bowden


Guilday, Peter Keenan (25 March 1884–31 July 1947), historian and educator, was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of Peter Wilfred Guilday, a textile plant foreman, and Ellen Keenan. After attending parochial schools in Chester and Philadelphia, Peter entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook in 1902 to study for the Roman Catholic priesthood. There he received a scholarship in 1907 to attend the American College in Louvain, Belgium, for his last two years of theological studies. He was ordained in 1909 and at the same time began graduate work in history at the University of Louvain. Having a facility for languages, he researched archives in France, Belgium, Spain, and Italy, and spent a full year in London. In 1914 he received a Doctorat en sciences morales et historiques for his dissertation on colleges and convents of the European continent that had supported Catholic refugees from Elizabethan England. The outbreak of World War I halted further research, and the young priest returned to his homeland....

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