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Black and white sketch of Andrew Byrne, including biographical narrative.


Builder of schools

Andrew Byrne

Rev. Andrew Byrne, who became the first bishop of the diocese of Little Rock, was born 1892 in Ireland.. While a student he volunteered to go with Bishop England to Charleston, S.C., where he was ordained 1827.. After a pastorate in Charleston he was transferred to New York where he won fame as a preacher.. In 1844 he was appointed the first bishop of Little Rock.. He built up the Catholic Church in Arkansas and showed special interest in Education... Bishop Byrne died at Helena June 10, 1862..

In 1846 he established St. Patrick's College at Little Rock.. He was one of the incorporators of College of St. Andrew at Ft. Smith 1851.. Went to Ireland and returned with five Sisters of Mercy who in 1851 opened St. Mary's Academy.. Founded St. Anne's Academy at Ft. Smith... Founded St. Catherine's Academy at Helena 1862...

St. Mary's Academy at Little Rock in 1851

Physical Description

Document, 11" x 14"




MS.000379, Image 09

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Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, MS.000379


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Andrew Byrne, Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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