About Pat McNamara

“New York Catholics” Now Available on Amazon!

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My new book New York Catholics: Faith, Attitude & the Works! is now available on Amazon. It’s a celebration of the difference that 76 different Catholic women and men have made, and are making, in the life of New York City. The first half of the book profiles historical figures from St. Elizabeth Seton to Mychal [Read More...]

Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: Mayor Hugh J. Grant (1858-1910)

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Born in New York City on September 10, 1858, Hugh J. Grant grew up in Manhattan, where he attended Manhattan College (then located in Manhattanville) before studying abroad. Upon his return he studied at Columbia Law School. An active Democrat. he soon got into politics, running unsuccessfully for Mayor at age 27. He did serve [Read More...]

Catholics in Public Service: John Lee Carroll (1830-1911)

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Born in Baltimore, John Lee Carroll was the great-great-grandson of Charles Carroll (1737-1832), the sole Catholic signatory of the Declaration of Independence.  His great-grandfather  Thomas Sim Lee (1745-1819) was Governor of Maryland (1779-1783, 1792-1794). John Lee Carroll studied at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and Georgetown University. He later studied law at Harvard [Read More...]


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