Augustus Tolton

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Birthday
1, 1854
Birthplace
Missouri
Death Date
Jul 9, 1897 (43)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
1, 1854
Birthplace
Missouri
Death Date
Jul 9, 1897 (43)

About

Ex-slave who became the first African American priest in the Roman Catholic Church of America. He established St. Monica's Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago.

Before Fame

During the American Civil War, he and his mother and siblings escaped from Missouri to the slavery-free state of Illinois, where they found work at a tobacco company.

Trivia

He attended the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Italy and became an ordained priest at the age of thirty-one.

Family Life

The son of Peter Paul Tolton and Martha Jane Chisley, he was born into slavery in Missouri. The plantation owner's wife, Savilla Elliot, served as his godmother.

Associated With

He and Frederick Douglass were both notable ex-slaves.