Father Alexis Granger, C.S.C., University of Notre Dame (1817-1893)

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VICE-PRESIDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME: VERY REV. A. GRANGER Very Rev. Alexis Granger, the first who occupied the position of Vice-President in the University of Notre Dame, was born at Daon, France, on the 19th of June, 1817. He received his primary education at home, and even had made some progress in the [Read More...]

Holy Cross College Alumnus Becomes Confederate General, 1863

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The College of the Holy Cross was founded in 1843 by Father Benedict Joseph Fenwick, a Jesuit who later became second Bishop of Boston. New England’s first Catholic college, its early students Irish immigrants like General Patrick Guiney, who fought for the North in the Civil War, as well as the Healy brothers Patrick, James [Read More...]

Know-Nothings Plot to Burn Fordham, 1853

Father John Larkin seen in civilian garb, a custom prevalent among English Catholics that was carried to the U.S. during the early 19th century.

Father John Larkin played a major role in the development of Catholic higher education in New York City. In 1847, he founded the College of St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan, now known as Xavier High School. Later he served as President of St. John’s College in the Bronx, now known as Fordham University. Larkin Hall [Read More...]


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