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Rev Jacob Ambrose Walter
Birth: Dec. 7, 1827
Baltimore
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
Death: Apr. 5, 1894
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Father Jacob's childhood was spent in Baltimore. In 1844 he entered St. Mary's College (now Seminary). After his degree, he spent several years working with his father who was a leading jeweler. Finding this wanting, in 1851 with the consent of his parents, he returned to St. Mary's as a seminarian. He was ordained on September 6, 1854 by Archbishop Kendrick. He was appointed pastor of St. Ignatius and its surrounding mission churches in 1854.

For the next three years, he ministered at St. Ignatius, St. John and St. Mary's in Pylesville. He was appointed pastor of St. Patrick's in DC on April 09, 1860. He founded the parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Teresa's and Holy Name to minister to Washington's growing population.

While at St. Patrick, he became the confessor of Mary Surratt, hung for her role in planning the assassination of President Lincoln. His heroic fidelity to the cause of Mrs. Suratt was well known. His reply to Colonel Hardy, who in giving him the pass to visit Mrs. Suratt on the eve of her execution, asking him to say nothing about her innocence, is very characteristic of his personality. "You wish me to promise that I shall say nothing in regard to the innocence of Mrs. Surratt. Do you know the relation existing between a pastor and his flock? I will defend the character of the poorest person in my parish at the risk of my life...Of course, I cannot let Mrs. Surratt die without the sacraments; so if I must say yes, I say yes."

He accompanied her to the gallows and remained with her to the end.

After a delay of 25 years, Fr. Walter gave a true statement of the facts of the Surratt case in a paper presented before the Catholic Historical Society in NY May 25, 1891.

Father Walter went on to establish the Little Sisters of the Poor in DC, providing a house on G Street, NW without charge. He remained Pastor at St. Patrick's for 34 years until his death.

 
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Sec 36, Lot 71
 
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Record added: Apr 21, 2011
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