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Shea, John Dawson Gilmary (22 July 1824–22 February 1892), historian of American Catholicism, was born in New York City, the son of James Shea, an educator, and Mary Ann Flannigan. Called by many the “father of American Catholic history,” Shea was educated first at the Sisters of Charity school, then at the Columbia Grammar School, graduating in 1837. After working in business, Shea studied law and was admitted to the New York bar in 1846. That same year he became a member of the New-York Historical Society, having written several articles about Catholic martyrs in the United States....