Shea, John Gilmary, 1824-1892

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John Dawson Gilmary Shea was born in 1824 in New York City. He attended law school before joining the Society of Jesus in 1848. He then studied at St. John's College (Fordham, NY) and St. Mary's College (Montreal, Canada). Shea left the order in 1852 to pursue a career as a historian. He married Sophie Savage in 1854. During his lifetime, Shea wrote or edited over 250 titles. His most popular works included Discovery and Exploration of the Mississippi Valley (1852), History of the Catholic Missions among the Native American Tribes of the U.S., 1529-1854 (1854), and the four-volume History of the Catholic Church in the U.S. (1886-1892). Shea's articles on Catholic history appeared in U.S. Catholic Magazine, the Catholic World, and the American Catholic Quarterly Review, among others. He was one of the founders of the U.S. Catholic Historical Society, and the first editor of the United States Catholic Historical Magazine. He received honorary degrees from Fordham University and Georgetown University, and was the first recipient of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal in 1883. Shea died in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1892.

From the guide to the John Gilmary Shea papers, 1683-1890, 1853-1890, (University of Dayton)

Catholic historian, co-founder of the United States Catholic Historical Society (1844).

From the description of Papers, 1857-1892. (University of Notre Dame). WorldCat record id: 24960135

Fray Alonso de Benavides was a Franciscan missionary in New Mexico.

From the guide to the Memorial to the King of Spain, giving an account of New Mexico, 1630, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Epithet: at New York

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000878.0x00011f

John Dawson Gilmary Shea (1824-1892), historian and editor, was born in New York City and educated at St. Mary's College in Montreal, Quebec. Although an attorney, Shea devoted most of his time to historical research and developed into the greatest American Catholic historian, with such works as History of the Catholic Church in the U.S. (1886-1892) and Catholic Missions Among the Indian Tribes of the U.S. (1854). Shea produced over 54 works during his lifetime, including a translation of Charlevoix's six-volume History of New France. He also edited the U. S. Catholic Magazine from 1862 to 1887 and was a member of many historical societies.

From the description of Library catalog, 1853-1892. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207170067

Born in New York City, the son of James and Mary Ann (Flanagan) Shea, John G. Shea graduated from Columbia Grammar School, 1837, studied at St. John's College, Fordham, 1848-50, LLd. (hon), St. Mary's College, Montreal, 1850-1852, LLd. (hon.), St. Francis Xavier College, and Georgetown College. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1846. He decided not to become a priest in 1852 and instead became an editor and a historical writer of note. For some years he was editor of Frank Leslie's Chimney Corner, editor of General Catholic History, 1858-1890, editor, Library of American Linguistics,1860-1874, founder of U.S. Catholic History Society, and editor Catholic News. His works included The Catholic Church in the United States, A Legendary History of Ireland, History of the Catholic Indian Missions, Discovery and Exploration of the Mississippi Valley, Early Voyages Up and Down the Mississippi, Novum Belgium, an Account of the New Netherlands 1633-44, The Operations of the French under De Grasse, The Life of Pius the Ninth, The Catholic Church in Colonial Days, The Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, and Life and Times of Archbishop Carroll.

Ephriam George Squire was an editor, archeologist, and diplomat. He was the editor of the publishing firm Frank Leslie and at the time of the letter was supervising Frank Leslie's Pictorial History of the American Civil War, 1861-1862, The following year he became U.S. Consul to Peru.

From the description of Letter to E.G. Squier, 1862 June 18. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 61115115

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referencedIn Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. Letters of Jared Sparks [manuscript], 1830-1856. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893. Papers of Francis Parkman [manuscript], 1836-1893. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Druillettes, Gabriel, 1610-1681. A narrative of a journey to New England [manuscript transcription], 1650-1855; bulk: 1650-1651. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn O'Callaghan, E. B. (Edmund Bailey), 1797-1880. Papers of E. B. O'Callaghan, 1830-1879 (bulk 1845-1860). Library of Congress
creatorOf Shea, John Gilmary, 1824-1892. Library catalog, 1853-1892. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Wilberforce Eames papers, 1850-1937, 1900-1937 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn John Gilmary Shea papers, 1683-1890, 1853-1890 University of Dayton
creatorOf Shea, John Gilmary, 1824-1892. Letter to E.G. Squier, 1862 June 18. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Shea, John Gilmary. Letter, 1880. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Wynne, Thos. H. (Thomas Hicks), 1820-1875. Brock Collection: Papers of Thomas Hicks Wynne, 1848-1901. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn E. B. O'Callaghan Papers, 1830-1876, (bulk 1845-1860) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Le Boulanger, Jean Baptiste, 1685-1740. French and Miami-Illinois dictionary copy, ca. 1890. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Carrière, Joseph Mèdard, 1900-1970,. Joseph Mèdard Carrière microfilm collection [manuscript] 1722-1892. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Clarke, Richard H. (Richard Henry), 1827-1911. Papers, 1864-1910. University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library
referencedIn Connolly, Arthur T. (Arthur Theodore), d. 1933. The Monsignor Arthur Theodore Connolly papers. Catholic University of America
creatorOf Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1852-1893. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Vol. CLXXX (ff. 309). May, June, 1864,includes:ff. 1, 223, 266 William Perry, Consul-General Venice; Knight 1872: Letters to Sir A. H. Layard: 1861-1866. f. 3 George John Robert Gordon, Minister at Stuttgart: Correspondence with Sir A. H. Layard: 18... British Library
referencedIn Floyd Glenn Lounsbury papers, ca. 1935-1998, Circa 1935-1998 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Vetromile, Eugene, 1819-1881. Papers, 1857-1876. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Wynne, Thomas Hicks, 1820-1875. Papers, 1848-1901, [microform]. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Annotated transcription of Cadwallader Colden's "History of the Five Indian Nations", ca. 1866 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf John Gilmary Shea papers, 1683-1890, 1853-1890 University of Dayton
creatorOf Shea, John Gilmary, 1824-1892. Annotated transcription of Cadwallader Colden's "History of the Five Indian Nations", ca. 1866. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Memorial to the King of Spain, giving an account of New Mexico, 1630 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Shea, John Gilmary, 1824-1892. Papers, 1857-1892. University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library
creatorOf Pilling, James Constantine, 1846-1895. James Constantine Pilling letters, 1881-1894. Newberry Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIf, 1866-1886 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Wilson, James Grant, 1832-1914. Letter, New York, from James Grant Wilson [manuscript] 1891, April 1. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf John Gilmary Shea letters, 1864-1868 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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creatorOf Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893. Francis Parkman letters : Boston, to O. H. Marshall and J. G. Shea, 1849, 1867, 1882. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Colden, Cadwallader, 1688-1776. person
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Ionian Islands, Greece
New York (State)
United States of America
United States of America
Pennsylvania
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Brussels, Belgium
Canada
New York (State)
Pennsylvania
Ionian Islands, Greece
Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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Indians of North America
Martyrs--History
Catholic Church--United States--Historiography
Historians--United States--19th century
Historians--United States--Correspondence
Indians of North America--History
Iroquois Indians
Indians of North America--New York (State)
Indians of North America--New Mexico
Missions--New Mexico
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Birth 1824-07-22

Death 1892-02-22

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