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Clarence Augustus Walworth

Birthplace: Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York, United States
Death: September 19, 1900 (80)
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rep. Reuben H. Walworth (DemRep-NY) and Maria Ketchum Walworth
Brother of Mary Elizabeth Walworth; Sarah Simonds Walworth; Ann Eliza Backus; Mansfield Tracy Walworth and Frances de Lord Walworth
Half brother of Reuben H. Walworth

Occupation: Attorney, writer, Roman Catholic priest, missionary, founder the Order of Paulists
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About Clarence Augustus Walworth

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Clarence Augustus Walworth (May 30, 1820 – September 19, 1900) was an American attorney, writer, ordained Roman Catholic priest, and missionary. Walworth was a well regarded writer who published numerous works related to the Roman Catholic Church.[1][2]


Clarence A. Walworth, the fourth child and oldest son Reuben Hyde Walworth and Maria Ketchum (Averill) Walworth, was born on May 30, 1820 at Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York.[2]

He was educated at The Albany Academy, and graduated from Union College in 1838. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Canandaigua.

After a few years he abandoned the law, and instead studied theology at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Before he completed his studies there, he decided to become a Catholic priest, entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, and continued his studies in Belgium. From 1866 to 1892 he was pastor of St. Mary's Church in Albany.

Walworth died September 19, 1900, in Albany, New York.[2]


  • 1. Elliott, Rev. Walter (1901). "Father Walworth: A Character Sketch". Catholic World (New York, New York: The Paulist Fathers) 73 (June 1901): 320–337. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  • 2. Walworth, Ellen Hardin (1907). "Chapter One: Boyhood". Life Sketches of Father Walworth. Albany, New York: J. B. Lyon Company. pp. 4–14. Retrieved 27 March 2010.

The Rev. Clarence A. Walworth Obit in NYT on September 20, 1900


From his New York Times obituary, Sept. 20, 1900:

The Rev. Clarence Augustus Walworth died at Albany yesterday, after a long illness. He was the eldest son of the late Reuben Hyde Walworth, Chancellor of the Court of Chancery, and was born May 30, 1820, at Plattsburg, New York. He received his early education at the Albany Academy, and was graduated from Union College in 1838.

Following his father's wishes, Clarence Walworth studied law, and practiced successfully in Canandaigua for a few years, after which he determined to devote himself to religion, and entered the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Before he completed his studies there he had decided to become a Catholic priest. He entered the Order of Redemptorists, and pursued his studies for the priesthood under their direction in Belgium for five years. After two years of priestly labor in England, he returned to America, and in 1858, joined the late I.T. Hecker and others in founding the Order of Paulists.

Soon after the Paulists had taken possession of their property in New York City. Father Walworth was prostrated by a long and severe attack of malarial fever. This, with the exhaustion from long continued overwork, enfeebled his health to such a degree that it became necessary for him to transfer his labors to the secular priesthood. He was affiliated with to the Albany Diocese, and his first labors were as pastor of St. Peter's Church, Troy. He was appointed pastor of St. Mary's in Labany, In 1866. He took an active part in work for the temperance cause and for the welfare of the city, state, and country. He was a man of profound learning, and his interest in general literature was unflagging, as shown in this many published works. He was also a practical geologist, and was specially familiar with the geology of this state.

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Clarence Augustus Walworth's Timeline

May 30, 1820
Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York, United States
September 19, 1900
Age 80
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States