William Russell Grace

Philanthropist and merchant, born Cork, Ireland, 1832; died New York, New York, 1904. To his activities is largely due the commercial development of western South America. In 1880 and 1884, he was elected mayor of New York, the first Catholic to fill that office. He took an active part in succoring the famine-stricken Irish in 1879, and in 1897 founded at New York the Grace Institute to give free tuition in clerical work, dress-making, and housekeeping to women and girls.

New Catholic Dictionary

NCD Index SQPN Contact Author