First publisher in the United States of distinctively Catholic books, b. in Ireland, 1761; d. in Ohio, 1836
Dornin, BERNARD, first publisher in the United States of distinctively Catholic books, b. in Ireland, 1761; d. in Ohio, 1836. He was forced to leave his native land, in 1803, because of political troubles and, arriving in New York soon after, began a book-selling and publishing concern. He got out a New Testament, printed for him in Brooklyn, in 1805, and an edition of Pastorini’s “History of the Church“, in 1807. He moved to Baltimore, in 1809, and from there to Philadelphia in 1817. During many years he was the leading Catholic publisher of the country, and as such enjoyed the friendship of Archbishop Carroll and of other members of the hierarchy, who esteemed him as a vigorous and gifted writer and editor. In the early thirties he disposed of his business in Philadelphia, where he had published a number of Catholic books, and went to Ohio to reside near his daughter. THOMAS ALOYSIUS DORNIN, son of Bernard, b. in
Ireland, 1800; d. at Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A., April 22, 1874. He entered the United States Navy, May 2, 1815, as a midshipman, from Maryland. Commissioned a lieutenant in 1825, he made a five-years’ cruise around the world. In 1841 he was promoted commander and helped to successfully carry out an expedition to prevent the invasion of Mexican territory by the filibusterer William Walker. After being commissioned captain, in 1855, he engaged in destroying the slave-trade. During the Civil War he attained the rank of commodore on the retired list, July 16, 1862, and at its close was put in charge of the fifth lighthouse district.
THOMAS F. MEEHAN