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John L. Broome

BROOME, John L., soldier, born in New York City, 8 March, 1824. He was appointed second lieutenant in the United States marine corps, 12 January, 1848; promoted first lieutenant, 28 September, 1857; captain, 26 July, 1861 ; major, 8 December, 1864 ; and lieutenant colonel, 16 March, 1879. During the war with Mexico he served with his corps. In 1862 he commanded the marine guard of the "Hartford," Farragut's flagship, and was present at the passage of Forts Jackson and St. Philip (24 April), and in the various engagements at Vicksburg and Port Hudson, which resulted in wresting the Mississippi River from the confederate forces. He was twice wounded during the war, and at its close received the brevets of major and lieutenant colonel for gallant and meritorious services. BROPHY, George R., clergyman, born near Kilkenny, Ireland, in August, 1775; died in Davenport, Iowa, 16 October, 1880. He was the son of an Irish patriot who, after the battle of Vinegar Hill in the rebellion of 1798, was captured and executed. Young Brophy was early intended for the priesthood, and, after graduating at Carlow College, completed his theological studies in Paris and was ordained priest in 1798. In 1833 he assisted at the obsequies of Napoleon I. when he was interred at the Hotel des Invalides; soon afterward he witnessed the attempt made upon the life of Louis Phillippe by Fieschi; and still later, with Archbishop Dupontin, he was at the death-bed of Lafayette as his spiritual adviser. In 1843 he was :settled in New York as pastor of St. Paul's church. Through his efforts several churches were built and many converts were made to the Catholic religion. He was a ripe scholar and a man of wide acquaintance, numbering among his personal friends Presidents Tyler, Polk, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, and Lincoln. In 1865 he removed to Iowa, and, with a view of establishing a Catholic College, purchased a large tract near Boone; but the project was never executed. His later years were spent at the Mercy hospital in Davenport, Iowa.

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