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  • ID: I7659
  • Name: John Rose Green HASSARD
  • Surname: Hassard
  • Given Name: John Rose Green
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 4 Sep 1836 in New York, New York
  • Death: 18 Apr 1888 in New York, New York
  • _UID: 713ED5848ABD9E4BA0887661BDC01759248E
  • Note:

    Catholic Encylopedia

    New Advent

    John Rose Greene Hassard

    An editor, historian; b. in New York, U.S.A., 4 September, 1836; d. in that city, 18 April, 1888. His parents were Episcopalians, his mother being a granddaughter of Commodore Nicholson of Revolutionary fame. He became a Catholic at the age of fifteen and, after graduating at St. John's College, New York, entered the diocesan seminary, intending to study for the priesthood. Ill-health, however, forced him to abandon this idea and turned to literature. He was the first editor of the "Catholic World Magazine", and assistant editor of the "Chicago Republican" and of the "American Cyclopedia", and joined the editorial staff of the "New York Tribune", on which paper his principal work was that of literary and musical critic. In the latter capacity he was one of the Wager school of modern music. His letters descriptive of the festivals at Bayreuth were among the first informative chapters in this department of music, where his critical judgement and cultivated taste did much for the advancement of the highest musical art. He had a peculiarly impartial mind, and in his writings displayed a remarkable purity of style and vigour of expression. Most of his literary life was spent as a journalist, but in addition to his work as such and his contributions to the magazines he wrote a very comprehensive life of Archbishop John Hughes of New York, and a short one of the Pope Pius IX . He also prepared a "History of the United States" in both extended and abridged forms for use in Catholic colleges and schools.

    The Catholic Family Annual (New York, 1889); Freeman's Journal; Tribune (New York, April, 1888), Encycyl. of Am. Biog. , s.v.


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    John Rose Greene Hassard

    HASSARD, John Rose Greene, journalist, born in New York city, 4 September, 1836. He was graduated at St. John's college, Fordham, New York, in 1855. From 1857 till 1863 he was assistant editor of the "New American Cyclopaedia." He became editor of the "Catholic World" in 1865, and in 1866 was attached to the staff of the New York "Tribune" as editorial writer. From 1867 till 1883 he also wrote the musical criticisms for that journal, and on the death of George Ripley became its literary critic. In 1878 several hundred telegraphic despatches in cipher, relating to the disputed presidential election of 1876, came into the possession of the "Tribune," and after much curious study were translated by Mr. Hassard and Colonel William M. Grosvenor, of that paper. The publication of these telegrams, showing negotiations with the returning boards of two states to purchase the electoral votes of those states for the Democratic candidate, caused much excitement, and the plot was investigated by a committee of the United States house of representatives. Mr. Hassard has published "Life of Archbishop Hughes" (New York, 1866); "The Ring of the Nibelung" (1877); "Life of Plus IX." (1878); "History of the United States" for schools (1878); and "A Pickwickian Pilgrimage " (Boston, 1881).

    3. Historical records and studies, Volume 15
    By United States Catholic Historical Society

    4. 1880 New York Census

    218 18th St. New York Vity

    Hassard, John R. G. 43 Editor b. NY Father born NY Mother born MA
    " Isabella 38 Wife b. NY Parents born PA

    5. U.S. Passport Application

    8. Springfield Republican obituary with biographical information
  • Change Date: 25 Aug 2011 at 20:09:32

    Father: Thomas HASSARD b: ABT 1809 in New York
    Mother: Augusta Palmer GREENE b: 15 Nov 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts

    Marriage 1 Isabella Eugenia HARGOUS b: 1842 in New York, New York
    • Married: 8 May 1872 in Manhatten, New York City
    • Note:
      Name: John Hassard
      Spouse Name: Isabel Hargous
      Marriage Date: 1872
      Marriage Place: Manhattan, New York, New York
      Certificate Number: 3011
      Source: Marriage Registers, Extracts from Manhattan (1869-1880) and Brooklyn (1895-1897) Comments: See Family History Library catalog for films 1543971-1562446 (Manhattan) and Film 1653852 (Brooklyn), for actual certificate
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