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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin

(July 1, 1872 - January 24, 1926)

 
 
The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
1. The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin Marker
Inscription. A native of Circleville, Ohio, young Catholic priest James Martin Kirwin arrived in Galveston in 1896. He was soon appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Galveston by Bishop Nicholas A. Gallagher. As rector of St. Mary's Cathedral, Father Kirwin's work as a civic and religious leader was felt throughout the city.

In 1900, following the disastrous Galveston storm, Kirwin was instrumental in forming the Committee for Public Safety, which provided oversight for relief efforts and control of the devastated city. Together with his friend Rabbi Henry Cohen, Father Kirwin was a leading force in rebuilding Galveston. He helped lay the cornerstone of the Galveston Seawall in 1902 and participated in ceremonies marking its completion two years later.

Kirwin was also instrumental in settling labor disputes on Galveston's docks and in forming the Galveston Home Protective League, an organization whose purpose was to remove saloons from residential neighborhoods. He led in the fight against the local Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.

When Monsignor Kirwin died in 1926, the whole city mourned one of its most respected citizens. His body was returned to his hometown for burial.
 
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7507.)
 
Location.
The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
2. The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin Marker
Near the circle around the statue about 200 feet ahead. There are many historical markers & plaques in this area
29° 18.184′ N, 94° 47.405′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Moody Avenue and Ball Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Locate near the circle in front of the Galveston County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 722 Moody Avenue, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Exploration [of Galveston] (a few steps from this marker); George Campbell Childress (a few steps from this marker); [Galveston County] 1901-1965 (within shouting distance of this marker); [Galveston County] Early History (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Bar Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Revolution and Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Galveston in the Republic of Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Mariner: Leon Smith (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Galveston.
 
Also see . . .  James Martin Kirwin. Texas Historical Association (Submitted on November 30, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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