Sunday, April 1, 2018

Judge Henry Alker - Franco American Immigrant - 1820 / 1886

Born in Saint Armand, Department Cher, France. Came to U.S. with parents at age 5. His father a porcelain maker, set up shop in New Jersey. Family moved to Manhattan. Young Henry studied law in law office of Thomas S. Brady. Later studied in law offices of sons James T Brady and John R. Brady. Admitted to bar 1841. Spent a year back in France circa 1842 under care of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann for an eye affliction. Returned to New York practiced law until becoming Judge of the Marine Court in 1859 of which he served several terms before retirement. Denied funeral mass at St. Patick's Cathedral by Archbishop Corrigan for his opposition along with other prominent Catholic Tammany politicians to the Freedom of Worship Act before the NY state legislature which would have forced public funding of Roman Catholic Schools. Funeral at St. Leo's RC church 28th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Funeral conducted by Father Thomas Ducey, adoptive son of American jurist James T Brady and burial at family vault, Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, Mott Street NYC.

NY Evening Post 26 Nov 1886

NY Daily Graphic 27 Nov 1886

NY Evening Telegram 26 Feb 1886


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