Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
St. Patrick's Parish
Erected about 1792
First church to be erected in the "Federal City" outside the limits of "George Towne." First pastor, Rev. Anthony Caffrey, brought from Dublin at suggestion of James Hoban, architect of the "Presidential Palace."
March 17, 1953.
Location. 38° 53.888′ N, 77° 1.545′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 10th Street Northwest south of G Street Northwest, on the left when traveling south. Marker is near the church entrance between F and G Steets, NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 619 10th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Woodward and Lothrop "Woodies" Colorization Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Site Of The Old Carroll Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodies Comes to F Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Wilkes Booth's Escape (about 400 feet away); John J. Donovan, Jr. (about 400 feet away); Discover DC / Gallery Place (about 500 feet away); Abraham Lincoln (about 600 feet away); Roy Lichtenstein (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Penn Quarter.
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1. Saint Patrick Catholic Church. ... The first American to be ordained a priest in the United States, Fr. William Matthews, was named pastor in 1804. This multi-talented clergyman occupied the post for fifty years, during which time he was also President of Georgetown University, Administrator of the Philadelphia Diocese, co-founder of the D.C. Public Library, long-time member of the D.C. Public School Board, as well as founder or promoter of innumerable institutions (e.g. Gonzaga College, Visitation Convent, and St. Vincent's Orphan Asylum). As the "Catholic Patriarch of Washington," Father Matthews was on close terms with Washington notables such as Henry Clay and Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney; Presidents Zachery Taylor and John Quincy Adams attended parish events. ... (Submitted on February 7, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Irish-American Historic Places. The 1850's brought waves of new Catholic immigrants; the Civil War ... (Submitted on February 7, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Roman Catholic; Irish-American; Mt. Olivet Cemetery; Fr. William Matthews; Fr. Jacob Walter; Mary Surratt.
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