Father John Cavanaugh papers
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He taught at Notre Dame and was ordained a priest in 1894. He was assistant editor of the Ave Maria for fifteen years, beginning in 1892 and was appointed superior of the Holy Cross Seminary in 1898. He continued teaching at the University and became Dean of the English Department in 1902. In 1905, he was appointed president of Notre Dame by Father Zahm, the Provincial. During his presidency, the remains of Father Badin, who had bought the ground on which Notre Dame was founded, were re-interred in their final resting place in the log chapel, and the statue of Father Sorin, the founder of Notre Dame, was unveiled. His presidency was marked by changes in government, religious instruction, the resurrection of the Alumni Association, and the return of military instruction to the University.
He retired in 1919. His activities then included educating the American public about Catholics and their role in the United States, opposing the Ku Klux Klan, teaching at the Holy Cross College in Washington, D.C., and teaching English at Notre Dame from 1921 to 1931. He delivered many speeches through the United States. He served as Curator of the Art Gallery and Museum and the Dante Library. He wrote an introduction and postscript for Knute Rockne's autobiography, after his death in 1931. Cavanaugh was appointed to the Commission on Liquor Control by Indiana Governor McNutt in 1933 and became chairman of the commission in 1934.
He suffered from diabetes during his presidency of Notre Dame, then contracted tuberculosis in 1925. He fell and suffered a severe leg injury in 1934 and died after a brief illness on March 22, 1935 at the University of Notre Dame community infirmary. He is buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Notre Dame, Indiana.
"Cavanaugh, John W.". Archives of the University of Notre Dame. Retrieved 2014/09/15. http://archives.nd.edu/findaids/ead/xml/jwc.xml
"Cavanaugh, John W.". U. S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current. Retrieved 2014/09/15. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com
"Cavanaugh, John W.". Worldcat. Retrieved 2014/09/15. http://newfirstsearch.oclc.org
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