Rev. Bernard A. Maguire, SJ was born in Edgeworth, Ireland, on February 11,1818. At the age of 6, he came to the United States with his family, and settled at Frederick, Maryland. His early education was at St. John's Literary Institute in Frederick; following his graduation, he enrolled in Georgetown College, where he entered the Society of Jesus on September 20,1837. He was ordained on September 27. 1850.Fr. Maguire was to play an important part in the life of Georgetown College in the mid to late 19th century. He taught at the school and served as its Prefect of Discipline; not long after, in August of 1852, he was made rector of the College. He served at this post -- the first of his two non-consecutive terms as Rector -- until October , 1858. During this first term, Fr. Maguire initiated a program of building and renovation. (The building that later was named for him was constructed during this time.) It was also during Fr. Maguire's first term as Rector that student enrollment greatly increased. Fr. Maguire's second term, which ran from January 1866 to July 1870, was not as dramatically successful as the first,in large part because of the long-lasting ill effects of the recently ended civil War. During this time, however, Georgetown College did establish a law School, the founding of which Fr. Maguire was to help facilitate.
Fr. Maguire left Georgetown at the end of his second term as Rector in order to devote himself to missionary work. He went first to St. Aloysius church in Washington, DC, and subsequently to Boston. He died in Philadelphia at St. Joseph's Church in Willing's Alley , on April 26, 1886.
The Rev. Bernard A. Maguire, SJ Papers contains various letters,manuscripts, and notebooks, as well as printed material about Fr. Maguire.
BULK DATES: 1848 - 1867
SPAN DATES: 1848 - 1886
EXTENT: 1 half box