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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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Graessl, Dominic Laurence (18 August 1753–12 October 1793), Roman Catholic missionary priest, was born at Ruhmannsfelden, Bavaria, the son of Lorenz Graessl (or Grässel), a tanner. (His mother’s identity is unknown.) Graessl entered the Society of Jesus shortly before its suppression in 1773. In the novitiate he became a close friend of Johann Michael Sailer, later a noted theologian, educator, and bishop. Upon completion of his classical and theological studies he was ordained a secular priest in Augsburg in 1778. Although for a time he found no other employment than that of private tutor, he resigned a position with prospects of preferment in Munich to accept an invitation of Father Ferdinand Farmer of Philadelphia to come to that city. “God wants me to be in the New World,” he explained to his parents, “where thousands and thousands of our brethren wander about without any spiritual shepherd.”...

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Greaton, Joseph (12 February 1679–19 August 1753), Jesuit priest and missionary, was born in London, England. His parents’ names are unknown. Nothing is known of his early years, but his family was probably middle class and Catholic. Coming of age as a Catholic in late Stuart England posed formidable challenges to even the most resolute members of the Catholic faith. He entered the Society of Jesus on 5 July 1708 and was professed and ordained on 4 August 1719. In the following year he was assigned to the Jesuit mission in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, at that time the only one of the twelve British North American mainland colonies that allowed Catholics to openly practice their faith....

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Nerinckx, Charles (02 October 1761–12 August 1824), Catholic missionary, was born in Herffelingen in Brabant, Belgium, the son of Sebastian Nerinckx, a physician, and Petronilla Landgendries. The eldest of fourteen children, Charles was one of several of his siblings who entered Catholic religious orders....

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Price, Thomas Frederick (19 August 1860–12 September 1919), Roman Catholic priest, editor, and missionary, was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, the son of Alfred Lanier Price, an editor and publisher, and Clarissa Bond. Alfred Price, editor of the Wilmington Daily Journal (1848–1872), converted from Episcopalianism to Roman Catholicism in 1866. Clarissa, at the price of ostracism from her family, had converted from Methodism to Roman Catholicism before her marriage....