Rev. John A. Glenn, pastor of St Mary's Catholic church at Williamsburg, was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, on the 24th
of July, 1870, a son of Lawrence and Mary (Purcell) Glenn, both natives of Ireland, who emigrated to the United
States when a young man and young woman. They were married in Memphis, Tennessee, and became residents of Ottumwa,
Iowa, some time in the '50s. They still reside in that city and are spending their last years in leisure, as they
have accumulated a competence and have retired from active life.
Rev. John A. Glenn was educated at St. Benedict's College in Atchison, Kansas, where he took a classical course,
and after leaving that institution spent two years at St. Ambrose College of Davenport for the study of philosophy.
Three years more were spent in preparation for the priesthood as a student in St. Mary's Seminary of Baltimore,
Maryland, where he took his theological course. He was ordained on the 21st of June, 1902, by Cardinal Gibbons
and following his admission to holy orders he taught for three years in St. Ambrose College at Davenport
Father Glenn was then placed in charge of St. Mary's parish at Lenox, Iowa, where he remained for about four years,
after which he was appointed pastor of St. Mary's church at Mechanicsville, Iowa. After being stationed there for
eighteen months he was made pastor of St. Mary's church of Williamsburg, being appointed to this charge on the
14th of May, 1911 In the four years that he has been a resident of Williamsburg he has gained not only the affection
of his own people, but the respect of the community at large. He is zealous in his promotion of the interests of
the church and under his pastorate the spiritual life of his congregation has been strengthened, while at the same
time the temporal affairs of the church have been well managed. He has also found time to aid in movements seeking
the moral betterment of the community as a whole and has exerted a strong influence for good in the city.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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