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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Sceal Chicago site - Bishop O'Regan mention
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 01:46:57 -0600
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There are 230 articles in the Tribune on Chiniquy from about 1856
thru the 1880s.
There seemed to be an anti Catholic bias on the Tribune's part. It
seems there was
anti-Irish sentiment on Chiniquy's part,too.

I thought you would find this one of interest:

Notice it's 1889, many years later:

April 5, 1889.

A Canadian MP Gives His Reasons for Believing It Untrue

Ottawa Ont April 4 (Special)
F. Bechard, member of Parliament for Iberville,
throws some serious doubts upon Father Chiniquy's statement
that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by he hireling of a Jesuit
Mr Bechard was the French interpreter in the libel suit which Father
was defended by Abraham Lincoln. It was an action in Illinois in 1856
by one Spink against Father Chiniquy, who had in the course of a lecture
charged Spink with committing perjury at a trial instituted by his
Dr Gauthier, for payment for professional services.

Mr. Bechard says that not only were the Jesuits not parties to the
but that they were not seen about the courtroom, nor were there any
in that portion of the country.

On Dec 20, 2007, at 9:49 AM, Jim Mullany wrote:

> Yes, Nan thanks so much for pointing us toward this site! It bears
> watching as it develops, to be sure.
> The Chicago Irish chronology mentions in 1854 the purchase by
> Bishop Anthony O'Regan of land in Evanston for the Calvary
> Cemetery. Biographies of Bishop O'Regan differ as to whether he was
> from Ballyhaunis or Levalleyroe, Co. Mayo and I've never seen any
> Co. Mayo confirmation of this.
> The controversial Bishop O'Regan was the uncle of my gg-
> grandfather, Thomas O'Regan. Thomas married Adelia Cornwall (from
> Co. Roscommon) and homesteaded way on the Iowa prairie about the
> time of Bishop O'Regan's reluctant installation in Chicago by the
> pope.
> Does anyone know of an objective source for the history of Bishop
> O'Regan's raucous but short stay as 3rd Bishop of Chicago? I have
> contacted the diocese but they have very little written on him.
> They did supply a nice photo of the official portrait of Bishop
> O'Regan (he looks a lot like my father!).
> I have heard, secondhand, about Bishop O'Regan's legal battle
> against Father Charles Chiniquy involving a young Illinois lawyer
> named Abraham Lincoln. I have never seen a significant rebuttal to
> Chiniquy's voluminous personal and weirdly conspiratorial book
> connecting O'Regan with the assassination of President Lincoln, but
> I very much would like to. It sounds like a fascinating time in
> Chicago history.
> Anyway, Happy Holidays to everyone on the list and thanks for
> keeping the discussion so lively and interesting!
> Jim Mullany
> Sandia Park, New Mexico
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