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He went to Dublin in the 1850's as rector of the Catholic University of Ireland. In the mid-1860's he was involved in a highly publicized exchange of wits with an English clergyman, Charles Kingsley. He eventually became the famous Cardinal Newman, and now he's expected to be beatified in September, 2010. If he goes on to be canonized, he would be the first English person to have lived since the 17th century to be declared a Catholic saint.
I know what you're thinking, but John Henry, the "steel driving man" of folklore and song, didn't wield his famous hammer until the 1870's. As for the John Henry who is the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, well, he wasn't born yet, and no one in the Bronx would think of doing such a thing, ever. So there.
Got to love Wikipedia!
What does this tell us about Kilner Newman, our carpenter in the Bronx, and his sense of identity as an Anglo-Irishman and an Episcopal parishioner? No idea. How about you? Comments?