Political and Social History of Modern Europe - Walter J. McGuigan

Walter J. McGuigan

Biography

Rev. W.J. McGuigan (1901-1965)

Walter Justin McGuigan was born 18 December 1901 to Annie Hughes and Peter Philip in Hope River, Prince Edward Island. He was baptised 22 December 1901, at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church by Rev. J. A. E. McDonald. Annie and Peter had eight children including Walter: Mark (1892), Austin (1894), Louis (1896), John (1897), Clarence (1903), Annie M. (1904), and Mary L (1906).

Walter attended Saint Dunstan’s University between 1917 and 1922, he received a Bachelor of Letters. After he had graduated from Saint Dunstan’s, he attended the Grand Seminary in Quebec, where he studied theology from 1922 to 1926. He became an ordained priest on 9 May 1926 by Bishop O’Leary in Charlottetown.

Walter remained on Prince Edward Island as an assistant pastor, until he left to attend the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. On a border crossing manifest, Walter was described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium complexion, brown hair, and blue eyes. He received his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history in 1928.

When Walter returned from his studies, he immediately accepted a position at Saint Dunstan’s, teaching history.

In 1941, Walter taught summer courses at Saint Francis Xavier. In 1944, he became the coach of both the football and basketball team. In the College Chronicle, Walter is described as having a “wealth of experience in athletic circles will no doubt contribute greatly to the college sporting activities” (pg. 31).

Walter would remain both a professor of history and the coach of the football and basketball teams until his death on 3 June 1965. He died in the Charlottetown hospital after an illness and was buried in Saint Ann’s Roman Catholic Cemetery.

Other McGuigan Books in the UPEI Provenance Collection:

Hayes, Carlton J.H. A Political and Social History of Modern Europe. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1926. Vol. 1-2. [Walter J. McGuigan signature with location Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. and date May 3, 1928. On the back cover, Vernon P. McGuigan signature with “2.30 AM. Wed. Morn. Ho, Hi, Harry Hum. 150 Pages to do yet”]

---. A Political and Social History of Modern Europe. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1926. Vol. 2. [Walter J. McGuigan signature and date May 3, 1928.]

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. New York: Publishers Guild, Inc., 1883. [W. J. McGuigan signature.]


Bibliography

1911 Canadian Census. Census Place: 5, Queens, Prince Edward Island; Page: 4; Family No: 37.

1921 Canadian Census. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 104; Census Place: Hope River, Queens, Prince Edward Island; Page Number: 8.

“Alumni.” St. Dunstan’s Red & White. 1926, pg. 69. Accessed through UPEI’s online collection of Saint Dunstan’s Red and White on 2 August 2016. Identifier: vre:rw-batch2-2078.

St. Dunstan’s Red & White. 1941, pg. 35. Accessed through UPEI’s online collection of Saint Dunstan’s Red and White on 2 August 2016. Identifier: vre:rw-batch2-1811.

“Athletics.” St. Dunstan’s Red & White. 1947, pg. 31-39. Accessed through UPEI’s online collection of Saint Dunstan’s Red and White on 2 August 2016. Identifier: vre:rw-batch2-2329.

Baptismal Record. Year: 1901. Place: Hope River. Record Book No. 2. Record Book Page 172. Source: Prince Edward Island, Public Archives and Records Office.

“Biographies.” St. Dunstan’s Red & White, 1922, pg. 11-28. Accessed through UPEI’s online collection of Saint Dunstan's Red and White on 2 August, 2016. Identifier: vre:rw-batch2-2311.

“College Chronicle.” St. Dunstan’s Red & White, 1928, pg. 34-41. Accessed through UPEI’s online collection of Saint Dunstan’s Red and White on 2 August 2016. Identifier: vre:rw-batch2-1360.

St. Dunstan’s Red & White, 1947, pg. 31-39. Accessed through UPEI’s online collection of Saint Dunstan’s Red and White on 2 August 2016. Identifier: vre:rw-batch2-2346.

“College priest dies after brief illness.” The Evening Patriot. 4 June 1965, pg. 2. Roll: 199.

The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Alphabetical Manifest Cards of Alien Arrivals at Vanceboro, Maine, ca. 1906-December 24, 1952; National Archives Microfilm Publication: M2071; Roll: 11; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; Record Group Number:85

“Rev. Walter McGuigan Dies in City Hospital.” The Charlottetown Guardian. 7 June 1965, pg. 1. Roll: 194.

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