Newark's Forgotten Riot

Thomas A. McCabe

in Miracle on High Street

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233106
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234950 | DOI:
Newark's Forgotten Riot

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This chapter provides an account of the riot that occurred in Newark on September 5 1854. Three thousand men wanted to make a show of force on behalf of the Know-Nothing Party before the November elections. When they passed by the church of St. Mary's in William Street, they discharged their firearms and hurled stones and other missiles at the white Cross on the apex of the church. A week after the riot Father Boniface Wimmer, the founder of the Order of St. Benedict (OSB) in the United States, traveled to Newark in order to console and advise a visibly shaken Father Nicholas Balleis. Although wary of establishing the Order of St. Benedict in the city, Abbot Wimmer committed men to Newark in 1857, and the monastery's growth since has been unique in the annals of the Order's history—a full-fledged abbey grew out of a simple city parish.

Keywords: 1854 riot; William Street; St. Mary's; Know-Nothing Party; Father Boniface Wimmer; Nicholas Balleis

Chapter.  3382 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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