General Sherman's Son

General Sherman's Son

by Fr. Joseph T. Durkin

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First published in 1959, this is Father Joseph T. Durkin’s scholarly biography of Father Thomas Ewing Sherman (1856-1933), an American lawyer, educator, and Catholic priest who became a popular public speaker during the latter half of the 19th century

Fr. Tom Sherman was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman and his wife Ellen Ewing Sherman. During the American Civil War (1861-1865), Tom’s father rose to become the second highest ranking general in the United States Army. When his superior, Ulysses S. Grant, became President of the United States, William Tecumseh Sherman was appointed commanding general of the army.

Fr. Sherman attended the preparatory department of Georgetown College and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1874. He then entered Yale University’s Sheffield Scientific School as a graduate student in English literature. He received a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1878 and was admitted to the bar, but soon gave up the profession of the law in order to study for priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. That same year he joined the Jesuit Order and studied for three years in Jesuit novitiates in London, England, and Frederick, Maryland. He was ordained as priest in 1889 and belonged to the Western Province of the Jesuit Order (headquarters in St. Louis). He taught for some years in Jesuit colleges, principally in St. Louis and Detroit.

He presided over General Sherman’s funeral Mass in 1891 and served as an army chaplain during the Spanish-American War of 1898. He was in demand as a public lecturer and frequently spoke against anti-Catholic prejudice in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787208186
Publisher: Papamoa Press
Publication date: 01/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 242
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Father Joseph T. Durkin (May 17, 1903 - May 31, 2003) was a prolific author, scholar and historian who as a professor of history at Georgetown (1944-1972) was regarded as an inspiration to many. He was credited with a major role in establishing the program in American Studies, and even after his formal retirement continued to advise students and to give tutorials until 1994.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Weston College in Massachusetts and studied theology at Woodstock College in Maryland, where he was ordained in 1933.

He obtained his PhD in history at Fordham University in New York in 1942 and taught at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania before joining Georgetown in 1944.

During World War II, he was disappointed when a superior informed him that he could not be spared from teaching to become an Army chaplain. That ambition was reflected in his work with Georgetown’s ROTC program, for which he was named an honorary chaplain. The document proclaiming the honor was a prized possession.

Fr. Durkin died shortly after his 100th birthday in 2003.

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