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Connolly, James B. (James Brendan), 1868-1957


biographical statement

James Brendan Connolly (1868-1957) was an Irish-American author of sea-related stories, novels, and nonfiction such as The Book of the Gloucester Fishermen. Born in South Boston, he attended Harvard and was a medal-winning athlete in the first modern Olympics, held in Athens in 1896. He participated in the Siege of Santiago as a member of the 9th Regiment, ran for the 12th Congressional District (South Boston) seat as a member of the Progressive Party in 1914, and worked as a correspondent for such publications as Scribner's, Harper's and Collier's.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Collection of Henry Seidel Canby Materials

Identifier: CANBY-1
Dates: 1911 - 1947

Collection of James Brendan Connolly Materials

Identifier: CONNOLLY-1

The Connolly Collection contains the writings and personal library of James Brendan Connolly (1868-1957), an Irish-American author, athlete, politician, and correspondent.

Dates: 1891 - 1957

Collection of Robert Underwood Johnson Materials

Identifier: JOHNSON-1

Collection contains correspondence (some tipped into poetry volumes) to American literary figures in late nineteenth to early twentieth century and one typed manuscript.

Dates: 1890 - 1937; 1890 - 1937

Additional filters:

American poetry -- 20th century 1
Book reviewing -- United States 1
Editors -- United States -- Correspondence 1
Fine Arts 1
Irish Americans 1

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