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McCLOSKEY, John, clergyman, born in Carlow, Ireland, in 1817; died in Emmettsburg, Maryland, 24 December, 1880. He came to this country at an early age, and entering St. Mary's college, Emmettsburg, Maryland, in 1830, was graduated there and at the seminary. He was ordained by Bishop Hughes, of New York, in 1840, who, at the solicitation of the college authorities, allowed him to attach himself to the faculty of St. Mary's. He was elected vice-president and treasurer in 1844, and became president in 1871. He resigned in 1877, but was again called to the presidency in 1879, which office he held until his death. He was unflagging in his zeal for the welfare of the college, and devoted himself to its interests throughout his life.--His brother, William George, R. C. bishop, born in Brooklyn, New York, 10 November, 1823, also pursued his classical and theological studies at St. Mary's, and was ordained by Archbishop Hughes in New York in 1852. After spend.ing one year on the mission in New York as assistant to his brother John, he was appointed to a chair at St. Mary's college, and became professor of moral theology and sacred scripture in 1857. In December, 1859, Pope Plus IX. made him the first president of the American college in Rome, which had just been founded by that pontiff. Here he presided with great success for several years, until lie was appointed to the see of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1868. He has given much attention to the advancement of education in his diocese, and has been instrmnental in establishing various convents and parochial schools.
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