Biography of Rev. John A. Glenn
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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.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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