Monday, 1 September 2008

Edward L. Hearn

Edward L. Hearn - Fifth Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus; President o/t Insurance Firm the Casualty Company of America

Edward L. Hearn (1866 – July 17, 1945) was the fifth Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from April 1, 1899 to August 31, 1909.

Edward L. Hearn was born in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1866. He became president of the insurance firm the Casualty Company of America. Hearn was a State Deputy of the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus from 1897 to 1899. He was elected the fifth Supreme Knight in 1899 and held that office for ten years.

Hearn retired from the insurance industry in 1910 so that he could work full-time with the Knights of Columbus.

Architect Enrico P.Galeazzi explains on-site to
Past Supreme Knight Edward L. Hearn, Msgr.
Borgongini-Duca and Caccia Dominioni
It should not be forgotten that distinguished Catholic Americans, several of whom were members of the SMOM, received titles of nobility from the Holy See as recently as the 1950's. Among the better known examples are the late Rose FitzGerald Kennedy, a Papal Countess and mother of President John F. Kennedy, and Bernardine Donohue, a Papal Countess created by Pius XII, whose husband Daniel J. Donohue is a Gentleman of His Holiness and member of the American Association of the SMHOM. In the 1920's one of the founders of the American Association, Nicholas Brady, received the title of Papal Duke while another, George Macdonald, sometime President of the Association, was created a Papal Marquess. A councilor of the same Association, Edward L. Hearn, was created a Papal Count by Pius XII.
Additionally, the Association was soon to receive the protection and guidance of Francis Cardinal Spellman.[9] He had originally became aware of the American Knights while a Monsignor in Rome working as an assistant to Mr. Edward Hearn (a founding member of the American Association),[10] and his connection with the Association strengthened over the next few years.
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