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Georgetown University

The 1646 defeat of the Royalists in the English Civil War led to stringent laws against Roman Catholic education and the extradition of known Jesuits from the Province of Maryland that was founded by Jesuit settlers from England in 1634. Jesuits conducted Catholic schools secretly until the end of the American Revolution that allowed for the free practice of religion.
Following Benjamin Franklin's recommendation, Pope Pius VI appointed former Jesuit John Carroll as the first head of the Roman Catholic Church in America, even though the papal suppression of the Jesuit order was still in effect. Carroll began meetings of local clergy in 1783 near Annapolis, Maryland and published his proposals for a school at Georgetown in 1787. On January 23, 1789, Carroll finalized the purchase of the property in Georgetown. Future Congressman William Gaston was enrolled as the school's first student on November 22, 1791, and instruction began on January 2, 1792.
CARROLL, JOHN. STATUE AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, DEDICATED MAY 4, 1912. CHIEF JUSTICE WHITE AND CARDINAL GIBBONS AT DEDICATION
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Georgetown

Etching showing view of bridge in Georgetown.

Pontoon bridge across Potomac River from Georgetown, D.C. to Analostan Island, June 1865

Photograph shows a group of civilians crossing a pontoon bridge from Georgetown to Analostan Island (i.e. Roosevelt Island). A group of men seated in a carriage in the foreground while a woman stands at the shore line.

Tom Sullivan

Photograph showing Harry Sullivan, Georgetown University basketball player.

Carney

Photograph showing George Carney, Georgetown University basketball player.

Fred

Photograph showing Fred Fees, Georgetown University basketball player.

Swift

Photograph showing James Swift, Georgetown University basketball player.

Zazzoli

Photograph showing Andy Zazzali, Georgetown University basketball player.

Dudack

Photograph showing Bill Dudack, Georgetown University basketball player.