is one of the earliest known members of our clan, who called himself
“the Man from Tory”. He was a noted scribe, monk and
man of learning who lived on the beautiful but windswept Tory Island,
an island overlooking the Tullaghobegly area. He was the writer
of the well known book "Leabhar Chlainne Suibhne" known
in English as "The Clan Sweeney Book" (a book containing
personal clan prayers as well as the clan history). He wrote this
book in the year 1513 until around June of 1514 for Máire
Mhic Shuibhne/Mary Sweeney, wife of the then chieftain of the Sweeneys
of Fanad. It is known that he had an assistant (Éanóg
Ó Giolláin) who helped him with some of the Latin
to Irish translation.
John McGinley, B.c.1740, fl. 1778
John McGinley around 1740, John was in America at an early date.
We are not sure if he was born in America or Ireland. He may have
arrived as a slave, given the early date. He quickly made himself
known in American public life. He bought land and settled in Mifflin
County in Pennsylvania.
the 1779, John McGinley rose to the position of captain during the
War of Independance. He was given charge of Fort Island Battery
(also known as Mud Island Fort). It was a strategic fort during
the war with Britain. It was constructed in 1777 with wooden palisades,
earthen walls, was star shaped and had three blockhouses and a water
battery. Earlier the fort was taken by the British and almost totally
destroyed by them. It was regained in 1779 and Capt. John McGinley
was put in charge of the fort with a large garrison of men (one
report mentions 165 men). It is not known if Capt. John McGinley
was part of the 're-taking' of the fort, but it seems possible and
that he was given control of it as a reward for his efforts.
A. McGinley, 1778-1856
noted Reverend Amos A. McGinley was born on the 4th March 1778,
in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. He was the son of John McGinley and
Jane Alexander and grandson of the first recorded McGinley in America.
He was a very influential figure of the period in the state of Pennsylvania.
He was unusually for a McGinley, of the Presbyterian faith. During
his lifetime he was probably the most influential Presbyterian Minister
in Pennsylvania. During his lifetime, he married over 697 couples
and acquired the nickname of ‘The Marrying Parson’.
Mcginley was a noted teacher and writer who was born at Meenacross,
near Glencolmcille in the south west of Donegal. He was born Thomas
Colin McGinley in 1830, but wrote under the pen name of Kinnfaela.
He was a very bright pupil and received his first trainer teaching
post in 1847 at the age of seventeen at Fintra National School in
Ardara. In 1850 he attended the Marlborough Street Training College
in Dublin. After his graduation, his first full time post was in
Belfast. While in Belfast his interest grew in Irish history, the
Gaelic language, republican politics as well as the Greek and Latin
languages. In 1855 he was appointed Head Teacher at Croagh National
School in Dunkineely, close to his birthplace. He remained as teacher
there for the next twenty three years. In 1879 he was Principal
Teacher at the Niall Mór School at nearby Killybegs until
his death in 1887. His love of the Irish Gaelic language led him
to be one of the pioneers in the setting up of the Gaelic League.
In 1874 he published a Treatise on Biology. It was so impressive
that for years it was part of the standard student textbooks for
Biology at the Science and Art Department of South Kensington, London.
ACTOR & SINGER
R. Maginley was born on November 18th,1832 in Philadelphia. He made
his debut as an actor in 1853, aged 21, at the Old Chestnut Theatre,
Philadelphia playing Ludovico in “Evadne”. By the late
1850’s he was working as a noted actor in Memphis and for
a while was the Stage Manager of the New Memphis Theatre Company
between the years 1861 and 1864. In the year 1856 Ben was one of
the founding members of the National Dramatic Association in America.
In the same year he starred in the Peoples Theatre in Cincinnati
and worked there on and off until 1878. He was a member of the 'Fair
and Thompsons Minstrels' in 1861. In the following year,1862, Ben
made his first appearance in New York as Tony in “The French
Spy” which was very successful. Ben was also a competent singer
who sung to large audiences mostly around the north east of America.
In 1867 a small booklet was issued detailing his favourite songs.
The booklet entitled "A Collection of Favorite Songs as Sung
By Ben Maginley, the Clown and Jester of Great Consolidation".
The text comprised 67 pages including the words to several songs.
As evidence of his popularity, in the New York Clipper his name
appears 16 times between 1887 and 1888, the year of his death.
working as an actor in New York he was also working in the circus
as a very successful clown, his first love. He is best remembered
for his long association with the circus in which he was a clown
first and foremost but also as a Ringmaster for the world famous
Baileys Circus in 1869, an Equestrian Manager/Director with Baileys
Circus in 1870 and with Barnums Circus in 1876. He became a Circus
Advisor (to Bailey Circus), and Promotor and Circus Owner! He owned
his first Circus as early as 1865 with “Ben Maginleys Circus”
which was closely followed by “Maginley and Carrolls Circus”,
"Maginley Royal Circus" in 1874 and finally as “Maginley
and Co Circus” in 1876. His well known circus and menagerie
toured all over the United States from 1865 until the early 1880's.
During all this time, employed in many positions as well as in his
singing and acting, he felt most at home as a lovable clown.
Mhosaí Mag Fhionnghaile, 1848-unknown
and SEANCHAÍ (STORY TELLER)
Donegal has a long and rich store of traditional music, indeed it
is famous for it. The reknowned fiddle player Seán Mhosaí
Mag Fhionnghaile a.k.a John Mhosie McGinley is up there with the
best of them. The south west of the county has always been the heart
of Donegal Fiddle music. By the late 1600’s and early 1700’s,
the fiddle or violin, had become firmly established among musicians
in Ireland. In Donegal the Sweeney, Doherty, McConnell and McGinley
families have a long tradition of the ‘Travelling Fiddler’
and the McGinleys were possibly the earliest local fiddle dynasties.
This McGinley family came from Loch Inse, an elevated townland to
the west of the road between Carrick and Glencolmcille. One of the
most noted of all was the legendary John Mhosie McGinley, a native
of the Glencolmcille area. His date of birth is sometimes given
as 1848 and his year of death is not known. Among the many tunes
that he composed that have survived are ‘The Rambling Pony’
and ‘The Harvest Moon’ (also known as ‘John McGinleys
Reel’). Another much played tune was/is 'The Atlantic Roar',
a tune that is also known by its Irish title 'Tuaim na Farraige'.
was the celebrated writer of the song ‘The Hills of Glenswilly’,
one of the most poignant pieces about emigration and the subject
of a much later documentary entitled "Erin's Exiled Daughters".
This tune was recorded by many artists, the most notable being The
Wolfe Tones. He emigrated himself to New Zealand in the year 1878
aboard the ‘Invercargill’ steam/sail ship. He also wrote
another popular tune called ‘An Emigrant's Fairwell’.
This was written during his long sea crossing to New Zealand in
search of a better life. He was twenty six years of age when he
left his homeland, not knowing if he would ever see it again. He
was originally from Breenagh in Glenswilly, Co Donegal.
avid Nationalist, Michael joined the Fenian Movement and then the
Irish Republican Brotherhood. By now, his political views were well
re-inforced by daily events happening in Ireland. He wrote another
popular tune, the ‘Drumboe Martyrs’ as a memorial to
the four Irish patriots who were executed at Drumboe, Stranorlar,
Co Donegal during the Irish Civil War. The four Republican soldiers
fought against the British but were captured on November 2nd 1922
and taken to Drumboe Castle. They were sentenced to death by firing
squad on March 14th 1923 (not on St Patricks day as mentioned in
the song). A monument to the men can be seen in Drumboe Woods. Michael
McGinley was seventy one years old at the time when he felt obliged
to record this event. He died aged eighty eight years of age in
FÉIN POLITICIAN & PATRIOT
was born at Clonabrack, near Delvin in Co Westmeath. He is the most
noteworthy of the McGinleys who settled in that county from the
sixteenth century. He was only educated to standard national school
level but afterwards studied privately and eventually was called
to the English and Irish bars. He joined the Land League organisation
and took a prominent part in their affairs. Later he, along with
William O’Brien, formed the United Irish League. He contested
the North Westmeath election of 1901 but lost. By the next election
in 1906 he was more prominent and won the seat. He held the seat
(under Westminster administration and then under Dáil Éireann
– the Republics own parliament) until his death in 1923.
He took part in the ‘cattle driving’ campaigns which
occurred just prior to the 1916 Easter Rising. His famous saying
was…”The land for the people, the road for the bullock”.
His ‘campaign’ was successful. In 1916 Laurence actively
campaigned for the election of Count Plunkett in Co Roscommon. He
joined Sinn Fein in 1917 and at their Annual Party Conference that
year Laurence Ginnell and W.T. Cosgrave were elected as Honorary
Treasurers. De Valera then appointed him as one of his twelve Council
of State members. A very strong republican, it was said that the
Irish flag (a green background with gold writing) that flew over
the General Post Office as a sign of Ireland's declaration of independence
during the Easter Rising in 1916 was made from his bed clothing!
S. McGinley was born in the year 1854 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
to Irish parents. Timothy (or Tim as he was known) was a bright
young baseball player, whose promising talent was spotted at an
early age. He did not attend college but went straight from school
into minor league baseball. This was at a time when the sport was
young and the rules often changed. He first played with the Philadelphia
Centennials in 1875 (The National Association) and The New Haven
Elm Citys (The National League) before being talent spotted and
moving up to the big leagues with the Boston Red Caps. On April
22nd 1876 Tim started his first game for Boston. His playing career
only lasted about two and a half years when it was curtailed by
injury. His last game, sadly, was on July 25th in 1876. Despite
such a short career at the top, it was an eventful one. Tim holds
the honour of being the first player in baseball history to score
a home run in the Baseball National League. A crowd of more than
3,000 spectators witnessed the event on a day full of drama. On
that day his team recorded a 6-5 victory. In this eventful season,
Boston finished fourth in the league that year. For the last game
of the season, the team were watched by 52,000 fans.
Tim entered the record books as the first major league player to
both score a run and to strike out. Tim McGinley was also one of
the first baseball players to attract a recognised fan base. Around
Philadelphia he attracted many young ladies due to his handsome
good looks. He was always ready to talk to his many fans. A fan
club was established in the Philadelphia area and it lasted for
a couple of years. No doubt it would have lasted much longer if
it were not for his enforced retirement from the sport. Tim McGinley
and his friend Tim Murnane, both witty and full of Irish charm,
became popular after dinner speakers for a while. It is recognised
that Tim was not one of the greatest baseball stars, but was nevertheless
a pretty good player. Tim McGinley died on November 2nd in 1899,
McGinley (Cú Uladh), 1856-1942
PATRIOT & SENATOR
as Peter Toner MacGinley, he was a noted writer and protagonist
of the Irish Gaelic language. He used the pen name of Cú
Uladh which means ‘hound/warrior of Ulster’. He was
born on a small farm in the townland of Alt an Iarainn in Glenswilly
in the year of 1856. He spoke Irish since childhood and developed
a great love for it. He attended St Eunans College in Letterkenny
and also Blackrock College. He gained the position of Customs and
Excise Officer in London. He was eventually transferred back to
Glenswilly in 1893 and to Belfast in 1895. While in Belfast, his
love of Ireland, the Irish Language and writing grew. He established
The Donegal Christmas Annual in 1882 and in it we find some of his
early writings in Irish. He wrote many articles on Irish subjects
that were printed in many publications. He was a regular contributor
to the esteemed Republican periodical Shan Van Vocht (other notable
contributors included James Connolly, Douglas Hyde, Arthur Griffiths,
Maud Gonne etc). One interesting article entitled ‘An Piobaire
Mór at Home’ (about the celebrated Donegal piper Turlough
MacSweeney) was printed in the January 1899 issue. He also worked
for a while as a Customs and Excise man.
Gaelic League was founded in 1893 by Douglas Hyde, Eoin Mac Néill,
Seoirse Laoide and Fr Owen O’Growney. In 1895, P.T. McGinley
established the first branch in Ulster. He gained his greatest moment
when he was unanimously elected to the distinguished position of
the President of the Gaelic League between the years 1923 and 1925.
From 1926 until 1928 he was their Tánaiste (second in Command).
He was Acting President in 1929 while the actual President was abroad.
In 1929 Peter was President of “An Fáinne” (The
Ring). He served a second term as President of the Gaelic League
during the years 1933 to 1940. He was nominated a Senator in the
Irish Government in 1938. During his time as a Senator he always
talked through Irish only in the Parliament. In 1925 he said, "nobody
had a right to mutilate Ireland, and least of all that little body
of foreign colonists in the north-east whose forebears had come
to this country for robbery and spoliation".
was a sister of the reknowned P.T. McGinley/Cú Uladh. Brigid
was to become a very well respected local poet in Co Donegal. She
wrote many poems depicting the plight of the down-trodden native
people of the county and she aimed to give them some hope for the
future. She witnessed daily their way of life, being one of them.
She noticed the hardships they endured and the tyranny of the foreign
landlords. It was very unusual, and refreshing, to hear the words
of one of the 'ordinary people', even moreso from a local woman.
Three of her best and most moving pieces of poetry were..."The
Stubble Moon", "A Wreath of Shamrocks" (which was
dedicated to her brother Michael who emigrated to New Zealand) and
"The Swallows Return".
her short life (she died aged only thirty one), Brigid contributed
much to the poetry history of north Donegal. The late William Harkin
in his book "North-West Donegal" paid her a glowing tribute
under the heading of "Poetess of Donegal". He was referring,
in particular to two poems that were published in the "Donegal
Christmas Annual" called "The Maid of Rutland Isle"
and also "The Hills of Donegal". Harkin said..."At
a time when verse makers are so often found upon the rack straining
after forced conceits and out-of-the-way modes of expression, by
way of showing their claims to originality, it is refreshing to
meet with a writer who can at one be forcible without being affected,
impressive without being maudlin, and pictureque without being showy
or fantastic." He compliments her style of telling a story
as well as her descriptive touches and her ability to transport
the reader into the heart of the Donegal landscape and experience.
Brigid McGinley... Poetess of Glenswilly... died in 1894.
J. McGinley, 1864-1947
SECRETARY OF THE
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
J. McGinley was born in Cooperstown, New York on the 11th of April,
1864 to Irish parents Patrick McGinley and Elizabeth Doyle McGinley.
He was educated at Cooperstown Union School and Academy. William
went on to become one of the most influential Catholics in his day
in America. After his schooling, which was above average but not
spectacular, he became a Deputy Postmaster in Cooperstown. Later
William was employed by the Finance Department of the City of New
York, a position which he was to hold for many years.
a devoted Catholic, William joined the Knights of Columbus in April
of 1897. The Knights of Columbus are an influential fraternal organization
of Catholics. William J. McGinley served as a Charter Member of
the New Amsterdam Council No. 217 and later served as the First
Warden of that council. He was soon to be elected as the Deputy
Grand Knight. From the years 1899 to 1901 William served as Grand
Knight after his years of fundraising for Catholic charities and
causes was recognised. By the year 1907 he was appointed as Master
of the Fourth Degree for the Second New York District. He was given
the great honour, in 1909, of being elected as Supreme Secretary
of the Knights of Columbus (for the whole of America). William served
as Supreme Secretary with great distinction until 1939. He was most
active in this roll in the 1920's when he often wrote in defence
of the Catholic cause against verbal (and sometime physical attacks)
by the Klu Klux Clan on Catholicism and Catholics. During his time
as the Supreme Secretary, William was responsible for setting up
an educational fund given out to students of American history and
studies. He was trying to promote the study of America's history,
from the angle of the people.
He received many distinctive honours such as the Papal Decoration
of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Sylvester. He was also
presented with the Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory the
Great. William also received from the Government of France, the
Legion of Honour, an award that he was particularly thankful for.
Belgium also recognised him with the Order of Leopold 11. William
J. McGinley died on April 19th 1947 aged eighty three. He is buried
in the cemetry at Cooperstown, New York.
TYCOON, MULTI-MILLIONNAIRE, CINEMA
was born in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania on November 17th 1869 and
as a youth he had a great love for the travelling circus after his
father John W. took him to his first circus. He entered into this
profession for many years, very successfully. He held down some
pretty important positions such as Executive and Manager with Ringling
Brothers Circus, Wallace Brothers Circus and Sells-Floto Circus.
He achieved great international note in the year 1908 when he took
an American circus on tour throughout Europe. Visiting such places
as Berlin, Dublin, London, Paris and the Riviera, his tour was hugely
popular and financially very successful. At school he showed an
aptitude for business and law. He became one of the best known legal
adjusters in the circus world. During this period he visited nearly
every city and town in America. Walter was a very clever businessman,
alway looking out for a new challenge. In the early part of the
twentieth century a new form of entertainment was born, the Cinema.
He was among the very earliest figures in America to recognise the
possibilities in motion pictures. He became one of the earliest
to establish a chain of proper movie theatres in America! He played
a crucial role in the early developement of the cinema in America
and therefore the world.
was a very important and successful race horse owner in the early
1900's, some say the most successful in America. He had much success
in America, England, Ireland and throughout Europe. His racing stable
was renowned across America. He also was highly successful at dog
racing and had one of the finest kennels in the country winning
many coveted prizes. Walter was highly regarded in the sporting
world. He became friends with the enigmatic Lucky Baldwin who invited
him to his celebrated ranch at Sierra Madre. He moved to California
in 1915. He became the Manager of Baldwin Stocker properties. Through
his involvement with the Baldwin Stocker's, he became interested
in property buying/ developement and the oil industry. He bought
some land from Lucky Baldwin and struck it rich! He eventually was
President of his own powerful oil corporation, The McGinley Oil
Company, of which he was the sole owner. He was the successful developer
of thirty six productive oil wells! At this point in his career
he was one of the richest men in America.
A. McGinley, 1870-1936
Right Reverend Monsignor Roger A. Mcginley was born in New York
City on August 6th in 1870 to immigrant Irish parents. Roger was
baptised in the Holy Cross Church, New York City on the same day.
He was educated at the prestigious St Laurents College in Montreal
and also at Seton Hall in East Orange County, New Jersey where he
studied philosophy. Roger was to become a much loved and well respected
figure among the whole community in New Jersey and also New York.
He had an early calling to religion and was ordained as a Catholic
priest on June 8th 1895 at St Patricks Pro–Cathedral, Newark.
A man of great character, he was known to be a kind man, of good
values and a devoted Catholic. He was interested in Irish history
and culture. He had a special devotion to St Michael, probably after
he became Curate at St Michaels Church in Jersey City. Later he
was Curate at St Josephs and then he organized St Brigids in New
Durham. The well known landmark of McGinley Square in Jersey City,
New Jersey is dedicated to his memory, as befits a man of his great
highlight of his great work, what he will be best remembered for,
was the construction of the magnificent church building in the late
1920’s and early 1930's. The cornerstone to this impressive
building was laid on June 15th 1930 and the church was dedicated
on October 4th 1931. It was an instant success with the local community.
Today it remains one of the finest and grandest churches in Jersey
City, or in the north east of America. The older church held nearly
200 people while this glorious new setting could hold 1,400. The
people of New Jersey owe a dept of gratitude to this genuine, caring
man who changed the face of their city, for the betterment of all.
B. McGinley, 1871-1969
John Bernard McGinley in the year 1871 on August 17th, he is generally
remembered as John B. McGinley. He was a son of the noted scholar
and writer T.C. McGinley. He was to become the first Bishop of the
Phillipines and later went on to become the highly regarded Bishop
of Fresno in California. John Bernard was consecrated in the year
1910. His preparation for the priesthood began at Blackrock College
near Dublin. When he finished his studies there, he was accepted
by Archbishop Patrick Ryan for the expanding Archdiocese of Philadelphia,
where so many Irish and McGinleys had gone before. He continued
his studies at the North American College in Rome and was ordained
in the Corsini Chapel of St John Lateran's Basilica on June 8th
1895. Shortly after obtaining his doctorate from the Collegio Urbano
de Propaganda Fide in 1896, he journeyed to America where he became
curate at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Philadelphia. Two years
later, John B. was named Professor of Classics and Moral Theology
at St. Charles Seminary.
1922, the new Catholic diocese of Monterey/Fresno in California
was established and Bishop John B. McGinley was chosen to become
its first ‘shepherd’ in the year 1924. St Therese was
recently canonized a saint by Pope Pius XI in 1925. Bishop McGinley
happened to be in Rome at the time of her canonization and he asked
for an audience with the Pope. John asked the Pope to name St Therese
as the Principal Patronese of the Monterey/Fresno Diocese. Pope
Pius XI granted him his wish on the condition that one church and
one parish in the diocese should be named after her. Bishop McGinley
officiated at the opening of the new St Therese Church at Floradora
near Wishon on May 2nd 1926 (although the first mass was celebrated
on Christmas Day 1925 before the completion of the church). After
the formal dedications to St Therese, Bishop McGinley featured in
a ceremony unveiling a statue of the saint. He blessed the statue
which was made, at great expence, by artisans from Lisieux, her
homeland. Bishop John McGinley served many more fruitful years within
the Catholic church in America but never forgot his homeland or
his family back in Donegal.
J. P. McGinley, 1894-1974
Patrick McGinley was born at Breenagh, about seven
miles west of Letterkenny in Glenswilly. The date was 23rd April
1894 and the country was still ruled from Westminster. His father
was Patrick (brother of Cú Uladh and Bridget). He had two
sister, Susie and Bridget. His primary education was at Trian Caol
National School while his secondary education was at the recently
opened St Eunan's College in Letterkenny. In 1911 he went to Queen's
University Belfast where he took to medicine like a fish to water
and in 1916 won a Gold Medal 'for distinguished answering on the
disease of infancy and childhood'.
When Eoin Mac Neill formed the Irish National Volunteers in 1913,
J.P and hundreds of others joined and drilled under the instructions
of the veteran of the Boer War. His father was chairman of the company.
When John Redmond invited the Volunteers to join the British Army
to fight in the First World War (in return for a promise of Home
Rule), some did. J.P. and others throughout Ireland would have nothing
to do with the British. The Minister for Finance, Michael Collins,
floated an Irish Government loan and J.P. was arrested for advocating
this 'illegal' loan in public. He spent six months in Derry and
Mountjoy jails between 1919 and mid 1920.
served as an Irish MP in the second Irish Parliament in 1921 and
1922 where he supported Michael Collins. Dr McGinley was on the
committee which set up the new police force An Garda Síochána
in February 1922. He arranged the transfer of many police barracks
in Donegal from the previous British police force, the Royal Irish
Constabulary to the new force in 1922 and the proudest moment of
his life was when he met the first batch if unarmed Garda Síochána
at Letterkenny Station and marched with them through Letterkenny
in September 1922. He did everything in his power to help the nascent
Irish army to get established. In 1923 he resigned from the Government
to concentrate on his medical career.
AUTHOR & PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
Born on March 21st 1905, Phyllis Louise McGinley was a unique Irish–American
writer. She was also a highly regarded poet. Born in Ontario, Oregan,
(her parents were Daniel McGinley and Julia Kiesel McGinley) she
moved with her family to Colorado aged three. After her father died,
the family moved to Ogden, Ohio. She studied at the University of
Southern California and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
While at Utah University she started seriously to write short stories
and poetry under various pseudonyms. She twice won awards for her
work while at the University. She graduated with her University
Diploma in 1927.
many years she was dismissed as simply a childrens writer, but in
1954, The Love Letters of Phyllis McGinley won the Edna Saint Vincent
Millay Memorial Award. In 1955 she got the praise and recognition
she deserved when she was elected a member of the ‘National
Academy of Arts and Letters’. She won the Catholic Institute
of the Press Award (1960), the Laetare Medal from the University
of Notre Dame (1964) and the Catholic Book Club's Campion Award
(1967). She received many 'honorary' Doctor of Letters awards from
such esteemed establishments as the Boston College, Dartmouth College,
Smith College, Wheaton College, Wilson College, Marquette University
and St John's University.
her collected works of poems are ‘On the Contrary’ 1934,
‘One More Manhattan’ 1937, ‘Husbands are Difficult’
1941, 'Stones From a Glass House' 1946, ‘Times Three; Selected
Verse from Three Decades’ 1960 (for which she won the coveted
Pulitzer Prize), 'Confessions of a Reluctant Optimist' 1973 and
many more. She was the first person to win the coveted Pulitzer
prize for 'light verse'. Among her childrens books are ‘The
Horse that Lived Upstairs’ 1944, ‘All Around the Town’
1948, ‘Blunderbus’ 1951 and ‘How Mrs Santa Claus
Saved Christmas’ in 1963. Much of her work is still in print
and various books have been written about her such as ‘Phyllis
McGinley’ by Linda Wagner-Martin (Twayne Publishers, 1971).
Her first book of verse was published in 1934 and was followed by
seventeen more books, all selling very well. Her last book was "Saint
Watching" published in 1969. One of the best writers and poets
of her generation, Phyllis had her image on the front cover of the
reknowned TIME Magazine as well as getting her own Postage Stamp
(The Oregan State Commemorative Stamp).
J. McGinley, 1905-1992
Laurence Joseph McGinley on September 6th 1905, Laurence went on
to become one of the most important and influential churchmen in
the north east of America. He was the celebrated President of Fordham
University from 1949 to 1963 and this is how he is best remembered.
Very Rev. Laurence J. McGinley entered into the Society of Jesuits
in 1922 at St Andrews-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie and Woodstock College
in Maryland. He was ordained a priest in 1935. He received his licentiate
in Sacred Theology in 1936. In 1937 he began graduate work in Rome
at the famed Gregorian University and Biblical Institute. He received
his Doctorate in Sacred Theology in 1939. For a few months prior
to the outbreak iof the second Anglo-German War, he ran, in his
spare time, the Vatican City radio station!
Donald Francis McGinley, on June 20th 1920, Don McGinley was one
of the best known politicians of his day. He earned a Batchelors
Degree from Notre Dame University in 1942 and a Law Degree from
Georgetown University Law School in 1949. He lived a full and active
life. He was a reporter and copywriter for the Denvir Register 1945/46,
Lawyer (private practice) from 1950, an Arthur City Attorney 1951-55,
a Member of Nebraska State Legislator 1955-59, elected Democratic
Politician 1959-61, Judge for the Courts of Industrial Relations,
Lincoln, Nebraska 1976-80 and Lieutenant Governor of the State of
Nebraska 1983-87. Among his pioneer legislative work was his support
for the formation of a public employee pension system. He also served
three terms (of two years) in the Nebraska Unicameral (1955-57,
1957-59, and 1963-65) and spent three years in the army. He was
also a dedicated member of the Order of Columbus, a fraternal organisation
of Catholic men.