An African-American Woman Writes to Pope Pius IX, 1853

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New York, October 29th, 1863 Most Holy Father Visible Head of the Church of Jesus Christ. I humbly write these lines to beseech your Holiness in the name of the same Saviour if you will provide for the salvation of the black race in the United States who is going astray from neglect on the [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 on Stage: Fritz Williams (1865-1930)

Fritz Williams

Williams, Fritz (Frederick Williams): Actor; b. in Boston, Mass., August 23, 1865; parents member at the stock company at the Boston Museum for 15 years; made his first appearance on stage at that theatre when six months old, being carried on by William Warren, the comedian, in a farce called Seeing Warren. Attracted much attention [Read More...]


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