Writer, editor, and historian of both American history in general and American Catholic history specifically. Son of James Shea, an Irish immigrant and school principal, and Mary Ann (Flannigan) Shea. He spent several years in the Jesuit novitiate and studied at Saint John’s College (modern Fordham University) then left the order and devoted himself to the study of early Indian missions and published the . Married to Sophie Savage in 1854. He contributed articles on Indians to the , was literary editor of Frank Leslie’s publications, and in 1888 became editor of Catholic News. His great work is the . He also wrote and . Winner of the first Laetare Medal. The John Gilmary Shea Papers, a collection of correspondence, manuscripts, and research materials, are preserved in the Georgetown University Library (Special Collections Division).
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