Former Know-Nothing Converts to Catholicism

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The Order of the Star Spangled Banner was founded in New York in 1849 in opposition to the rise of a predominantly Catholic immigration to the United States. Members were pledged to secrecy about the order. When asked about it, they answered “I know nothing”; hence the nickname the “Know-Nothings.” During the 1850′s, membership rose [Read More...]

Who’s Buried in Catholic Cemeteries: “Nonpareil” Dempsey (1862-1895)

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  Born John Edward Kelly in County Kildare, Ireland, he was known in boxing circles as “Nonpareil Jack Demsey” because of his reputation as being unbeatable in the ring. In his first 65 matches, he lost only three times. He reigned as World Middleweight Champion from July 30, 1884, to January 14, 1891. He lost [Read More...]

Catholics on Stage: Blanche Walsh (1873-1915)

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This popular favorite has made herself a prominent place among the actresses whose forte is found in emotional roles. She was born in New York, January 4, 1873, and is the daughter of Thomas and Minnie Savorie Walsh. Miss Walsh made her debut on the professional stage at the age of sixteen, with Marie Wainwright, [Read More...]


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