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Newberry Seminar in Religious History
co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Divinity School
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Catholic Progressive? The Case of Chicago's Judge E. O. Brown.
Walter Nugent, University of Notre Dame
November 7, 2002, 4:00-6:00 pm
The paper presents the life of Edward Osgood Brown (1847-1923), a Chicago lawyer and judge. Brown was born into an impeccably Yankee family in Massachusetts and converted to Catholicism early in life. He arrived in Chicago in 1872 and opened a law office. He befriended John Peter Altgeld, advocated Henry George's single tax, was a self-described "Radical Democrat," and anti-imperialist in 1899. He was well acquainted with Chicago's reformers from Henry Demarest Lloyd to Jane Addams to Harold Ickes. He was the first president of the Chicago NAACP and a life-long "race man."
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