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KEOGH, James, clergyman, born in Ennescorthv, County Wexford, Ireland, 4 February, 1834; died in Pitts-burg, Pennsylvania, 10 July, 1870. He came to the United States with his parents in 1841, and settled at Pitts-burg, Pennsylvania He was sent to Rome to study in the College of the propaganda, where, in 1851, he was awarded the degree of doctor of philosophy and the gold medal of the faculty for his successful detente of 120 propositions in natural theology. In 1855 he defended 317 theses from ecclesiastical history and dogmatic theology, and was awarded the degree of D. D. and a gold medal, although he was not eighteen years old. He was ordained priest, 5 August, 1856, and soon afterward returned to the United States, where he was assigned the chaplaincy of St. Xavier's academy and the care of the congregation at Latrobe, where he finished a church. He was appointed professor of dogmatic theology in the diocesan seminary of Glenwood in 1857, and in 1863 became its president and also editor of the "Pittsburg Catholic." In 1864 he removed to Philadelphia, where he was made professor of dogmatic theology, Hebrew, Sacred Scripture, and rubrics, in the seminary of St. Charles Borromeo. He acted as secretary to the second plenary council of Baltimore in October, 1866, and in the same year became editor of the "Catholic Standard," which post, with his professorship, he held till 1868. He then returned to Pittsburg on account of failing health. He contributed various articles to the " Catholic World," including those on "The Council of Trent" and "The Greek Schism," and delivered lectures, several of which have been published.
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