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Joseph. His work in that capacity will be considered in the next chapter. Irish, Catholic, and Commercial It is in records of the 1880s that one finds the first evidence of young James using the Gaelic prefix “O” before his name. Irish national sentiment had been greatly stirred in 1880 by the mission of Charles Stewart Parnell, future leader of the Irish parliamentary party at Westminster and so-called uncrowned king of Ireland, to cities up and down the United States. The biggest crowds turned out to see him in Chicago and St.
It became a starting point for settlers moving farther west, especially after 1859, when trains began to reach it. It was from St. Joseph in 1860 that the famous but short-lived Pony Express commenced its relay service to California. Another indication of the frontier nature of the region was that on April 3, 1882, while the Shaughnessys were still living in Moberly, the notorious outlaw Jesse James was shot dead at his family home on Lafayette Street, St. 42 The late nineteenth century is regarded as the golden age of St.
By the end of the nineteenth century, James Junior was to visit the land of his father’s birth for the first time and to seek out a priest who was one of the leading figures in the national movement for reviving Ireland’s cultural and national life. 49 Both the national and religious aspects of the family’s heritage featured large in the O’Shaughnessy household. James Shaughnessy Senior was president of the local St. Joseph branch (no. 203) of the Catholic Knights of America, a fraternal religious and benevolent society whose 3,500 Missouri members made regular payments into what was then a novel form of life insurance plan.