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Finn, Francis James (04 October 1859–02 November 1928), Roman Catholic priest and novelist, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of John Finn, a civic official, and Mary Josephine Whyte. Finn, whose parents were immigrants from Ireland, grew up during the Civil War. His father served on the board of aldermen, was president of the board of health, was marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and on one occasion was the Democratic candidate for mayor of the city. While his prosperous parents were strong Unionists, under the influence of his tutor, Constance Condron, young Finn developed a sympathy for the South. Throughout his life he took the side of the underdog....