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McGLYNN, Edward, clergyman, born in New York city, 27 September, 1837. He was educated at public schools in New York, and in 1851-'60 studied theology at the College of the propaganda in Rome, where he received his doctorate after public examination. In 1860 he was ordained to the priesthood, and on his return to the United States he was made an assistant pastor, and also became a hospital chaplain. On the death of Father Cummings, in 1866, he was appointed to succeed him as pastor of St. Stephen's church in New York city, and " there, by his eloquence, heartiness, and quick sympathy with his people, won their warmest affection. Dr. McGlynn's unwillingness to establish a parochial school in connection with his church, and his claim that the public schools were safe for the children of Roman Catholics, brought him into disfavor with the authorities of the church. He supported Henry George (q. v.) during the mayoralty canvass of 1886, and his remarks in favor of Mr. George's land theories on public platforms resulted in his being censured by the archbishop of the diocese. He persisted, and the matter was referred to Rome for action. The archbishop meanwhile removed him from the charge of St. Stephen's, and he was summoned to appear at the Vatican; but ignoring the papal demands, he was excommunicated. Many of his parishioners shared his views, and in consequence the sentiment in his favor was very strong. During the spring of 1887 Dr. McGlynn helped to found, and became president of, the Anti-poverty society, and was conspicuous by his Sunday evening lectures before that body in the Academy of music in New York city. In behalf of the economic opinions that he holds, he has lectured in many cities of the United States, and has published articles in support of the principles that he eloquently advocates.
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