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Fr Maurice J. Dorney
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Birth: Mar. 11, 1851
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 15, 1914
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Father Dorney was the son of John Dorney who moved from Longhur near Limerick, Ireland to Troy, New York. Here John married Mary Toomey in 1845 before moving to Springfield, Mass, and then Chicago, Illinois.

Maurice Dorney grew to be a potent force in religion and politics in Chicago. He was known as "King of the Yards" as head of St. Gabriels. He fought for the working people in the stockyards area for better working standards and against alcohol abuse.

When Charles Parnell, the Irish reformer, was almost barred from the House of Commons, Father Dorney traveled to London with the documents which proved him innocent of a smear campaign by his enemies.

At the age of 50 he graduated from law school so as to better serve the poor and established a high school where no one could pay more than one dime for tuition. This was as close to free tuition as he could come.

In 1914 he suffered a stroke and died two days later at Mercy Hospital without regaining consciousness. He had been hospitalized three weeks earlier with what was probably heart problems. 
Family links: 
  John Dorney (1817 - 1894)
  Mary Toomey Dorney (1821 - 1888)
Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Ash Montagu
Record added: Feb 17, 2007
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Fr Maurice J. Dorney
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Fr Maurice J. Dorney
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Fr Maurice J. Dorney
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 Added: Oct. 4, 2008

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