William McSherry (1799–1839) was a Catholic priest, a prominent leader
of the Jesuits in the United States, and a president of Georgetown
College in Washington, D.C. Born in western Virginia, McSherry studied
at Georgetown and was educated for the priesthood in Rome, where he
discovered significant, forgotten holdings in the Jesuit archives about
the early European settling of Maryland and the language of Native
American tribes. McSherry served as the first provincial superior of the
Jesuit Maryland Province from 1833 to 1837 and laid the groundwork for
the sale of 272 of its slaves. He then became President of Georgetown
College, exchanging positions with Thomas Mulledy, who executed the sale
as provincial. Upon Mulledy's suspension in 1839 over the slave sale
scandal, McSherry again became provincial. Near to death, his term
lasted just several months. In 2015, due to his and Mulledy's
involvement in the slave sale, Georgetown University renamed McSherry
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (transitive, chiefly Canada, US, politics) To evade (a problem,
situation, etc.) by using some clever argument or strategem.
2. (transitive, card games) To play (a card) as a finesse.
3. (transitive, intransitive) To handle or manage carefully or
skilfully; to manipulate in a crafty way.
4. (intransitive, card games) To attempt to win a trick by finessing.
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
As actors it is easy for us to play the hero. We get to fight the
bad guys and stand up for justice. In real life, the choices are not
always so clear. The Hollywood Blacklist … was a time I remember well.
The choices were hard. The consequences were painful and very real.
During the blacklist, I had friends who went into exile when no one
would hire them; actors who committed suicide in despair. … I was
threatened that using a Blacklisted writer for Spartacus –– my
friend Dalton Trumbo — would mark me as a “Commie-lover” and end
my career. There are times when one has to stand up for principle. I am
so proud of my fellow actors who use their public influence to speak out
against injustice. At 98 years old, I have learned one lesson from
history: It very often repeats itself.
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