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McMAHON, Laurence Stephen, R. C. bishop, born in Nova Scotia, 24 December, 1885. He was removed to the United States while an infant. After studying in Boston, Worcester, Massachusetts, Baltimore, Maryland, and Montreal, Canada, he went abroad, and received his theological education in Aix and in Rome. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1860, and, returning" to the United States, was first stationed at the cathedral in Boston, Massachusetts In 1863 he became chaplain of the 28th Massachusetts regiment, and after the war he was pastor in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and subsequently in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he built the church of St. Lawrence and a hospital under the charge of the Sisters of Mercy. He was vicar-general of the see of Providence in 1872-'9, and at the latter date was consecrated bishop of Hartford, Connecticut He received the degree of D. D. from Rome in 1872.
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