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Elliott, Walter Hackett Robert (06 January 1842–18 April 1928), Roman Catholic priest, lawyer, and missionary, was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Judge Robert T. Elliott and Frances O’Shea. He was educated in Catholic schools in Detroit and at the age of twelve entered the College of Notre Dame in Indiana. He did not graduate, however, choosing instead to study law with U.S. District Attorney Warner M. Bateman in Cincinnati. He was admitted to the bar in 1861. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Fifth Ohio Volunteers of Cincinnati and served until the end of the war....

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Hogan, William (?1791–03 January 1848), schismatic Catholic priest and lawyer, was born in Limerick, Ireland. Little is known of Hogan’s parents, education, life, and clerical ministry in Ireland. Some of his published letters from the 1820s give his birthplace as Limerick, but no known Irish records of his parents’ names and occupations exist. Records at St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland, indicate that Hogan was enrolled in the school studying humanities in 1811, preparing himself for a theological education and the priesthood....

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McGrady, Thomas (16 June 1863–26 November 1907), Catholic socialist priest and lawyer, was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Hugh McGrady, a tenant farmer and day laborer, and Alicia (maiden name unknown). McGrady’s parents were refugees from the Irish famine who had emigrated to Kentucky in the late 1840s. In 1907 McGrady acknowledged the seething effect that stories of the famine had had on him: “Coming from a race that had been oppressed for generations in the old world, I have learned to hate injustice and oppression with a deathless hatred.” McGrady received his early education in St. Paul’s parish school in Lexington. Where he received his seminary education remains in doubt, but more than likely he went to St. Aloysius Seminary near Columbus, Ohio, where Nicholas Aloysius Gallagher (1846–1918) had been rector from 1871 to 1876. In 1887, after his seminary education, he was ordained a priest by Gallagher, who had become a bishop and the administrator of Galveston, Texas, in 1882. From 1887 to 1891 McGrady served parishes in Galveston, Houston, and Dallas. In 1891, because of poor health, he requested a transfer to his native diocese of Covington, Kentucky, where he became pastor of St. Paul’s in Lexington (1891), St. Edward’s in Cynthiana (1891–1895), and St. Anthony’s in Bellevue (1895–1902)....

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Slattery, John Richard (16 July 1851–06 March 1926), priest and attorney, was born in New York City, the son of James Slattery, a contractor, and Margaret Sbreel, Irish immigrants. His father rose from laborer to entrepreneur during the 1860s in partnership with his brothers Patrick and John. Their construction business depended heavily on municipal contracts for roads and parks and hence on political patronage. The Slatterys invested their contracting profits in real estate. They attended St. Paul’s parish at Fifty-ninth Street and Ninth Avenue, where John made the acquaintance of ...