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Benjamin Joseph Webb

Born: Feb 25, 1814

Death: Aug 2, 1897

Birthplace: United States of America

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Benjamin Joseph Webb

Date of Birth : Feb 25, 1814
Date of Death : Aug 2, 1897
Birth Place : United States of America

Benjamin Joseph Webb was a Catholic editor, state senator for Kentucky, and historian. Webb was born in Bardstown, Kentucky, to a father who was a 1774 pioneer to that state. He was educated at St. Joseph's College in Bardstown, but left at an early age to learn the printer's trade. He took a position as foreman of the office of the Journal, a newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky. It was while he was a foreman in 1836 that the Rev. Dr. Reynolds persuaded him to head the Bardstown publication the Catholic Advocate. Webb accepted the assignment and worked along with Bishops Spalding, David, and Benedict Joseph Flaget. Webb moved the office of the Catholic Advocate to Louisville in 1841, and in 1847 he retired from its management. He continued to defend Catholic interests, notably in connection with George D. Prentice, editor of the Louisville Journal in 1855. In a series of letters he attacked the intolerance and disgrace of the Know-Nothing movement; these letters were subsequently printed in book form with the title "Letters of a Kentucky Catholic". On May 1, 1858, with further assistance from Bishop Spalding and in connection with other members of the Particular Council of the St.


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