Ryan, Abram Joseph
- L. Moody Simms
Ryan, Abram Joseph (05 February 1838–22 April 1886), Catholic priest and poet, was the son of Matthew Ryan and Mary Coughlin, who came to the United States from Ireland sometime during the decade after 1828. They lived in Norfolk, Virginia, for a short while, then moved to Hagerstown, Maryland. A variety of dates have been given for Ryan’s birth, and claims to his birthplace have been made for Norfolk and several towns in Ireland. Yet certain church records, the baptismal certificate in Hagerstown, and an 1859 letter in which he states his age as twenty-one, all seem to substantiate that Abram Ryan was born on 5 February 1838, in Hagerstown....