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Monagan, John S., Papers

Identifier: GTM-970507

Content Description

Correspondence and research materials relating to publication of Monagan's book on Horace McKenna, S.J.: "Horace, Priest of the Poor" (Washington, D.C: Georgetown University Press, 1985).


  • 1958 - 2001
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1987

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Biographical / Historical

John Stephen Monagan was born December 23, 1911, in Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut. He received his early education at Driggs, St. Mary's and Crosby high schools in Waterbury; a Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1933; and later attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1937.

In 1938 he was admitted to the Connecticut bar and commenced practice in his home town of Waterbury the same year. Monagan held numerous significant business and political positions including president of the Waterbury Board of Aldermen, 1940 to 1943; mayor of Waterbury, 1943 to 1948; member of the board of directors of the Waterbury Savings Bank; delegate at the Democratic National Conventions, 1944, 1948, 1960, 1964, and 1968. He was for many years a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives (D-Conn.) and was elected to the 86th and to the six succeeding congresses (January 3, 1959 to January 3, 1973). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress.

An accomplished writer, Monagan's published work incudes "Behind the Iron Curtain and in Selected Countries of Western Europe" (U.S. Congress House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1963); "Horace: Priest of the Poor" (1985); "The Grand Panjandrum: Mellow Year of Justice Holmes" (1988); "From Green Road to Cracker Hill, Waterbury Memories with John Monagan" (videotaped lecture given in Waterbury, Connecticut, 1991); "One Man's View of Bauby's Corner" (1994); and "The Master and the Congressman" (2003).

John Monagan died October 23, 2005. He was married to Rosemary Brady Monagan and had five children.


1.04 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger document cases (legal); 1 Hollinger slim document case (legal))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of John S. Monagan, 1997; and William F. Claire, 2014.

Related Materials

See also related collections:

Horace B. McKenna SJ papers GTM821201 Horace B. McKenna SJ papers 2 GTMGamms235 McKenna Project GTM130312

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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