Edward D. Boone

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Edward D. Boone
11th President of the College of the Holy Cross
In office
Preceded byJoseph B. O'Hagan
Succeeded byRobert W. Brady
Personal details
Born(1833-02-27)February 27, 1833
Washington, D.C.,[a] U.S.
DiedJanuary 16, 1916(1916-01-16) (aged 82)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Resting placeWoodstock College cemetery
Alma materCollege of the Holy Cross
OrdinationJuly 2, 1866
by Martin John Spalding

Edward D. Boone SJ (February 27, 1833 – January 16, 1916) was an American Catholic priest and Jesuit who was the president of the College of the Holy Cross from 1878 to 1883. Born in Washington, D.C., he graduated from Holy Cross in 1851 and entered the Society of Jesus the following year. Before becoming president, he taught at various Jesuit colleges. He spent the last twenty-five years of his life at Loyola College in Maryland.

Early life[edit]

Boone was born on February 27, 1833, in the City of Washington, in the District of Columbia,[2][a] to an old Maryland family.[3] His father was John Boone, a graduate of Gonzaga College in Washington, D.C.[4] He was educated at private schools in the city, before enrolling at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1851. The following year, Boone entered the Society of Jesus, proceeding to the Jesuit novitiate in Frederick, Maryland,[2] on September 8, 1852.[5]

After completing his novitiate, Boone was assigned to work at Georgetown University. He later taught at the novitiate in Frederick then at Saint Joseph's College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1860, Boone began his philosophical studies at Boston College, followed by theological studies at Georgetown. On July 2, 1866, he was ordained a priest by Martin John Spalding, the Archbishop of Baltimore, at the chapel of St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland.[2]

Ministry and teaching[edit]

After his ordination, Boone became a parish priest at St. Francis Xavier Church in Leonardtown, Maryland. From 1867 to 1870, he was the vice president of Loyola College in Maryland. He then was a professor at various Jesuit colleges.[2]

College of the Holy Cross[edit]

Following the death of Joseph B. O'Hagan, Boone became the president of the College of the Holy Cross on April 9, 1879.[6] He was the first alumnus of the college to become its president.[3] He oversaw the renovation of the interiors of several college buildings, creating a new dormitory, adding a billiard and reading room, and creating an outdoor handball alley.[6] In 1880, Boone had plans drafted for a new building, which would contain a gymnasium, laboratory, lecture hall, library, and billiard rooms, but work on this project did not begin until 1890.[7] In the 1880s, fundraising, for the first time, began playing a significant role for the college. The college catalogue of 1879–1880 solicited donations of up to $50,000 and offered naming privileges for such donations.[8] In 1883, because he was in poor health, Boone asked the Jesuit Superior General, Peter Jan Beckx, to appoint a replacement, and in June of that year, Boone was succeeded by Robert W. Brady.[3]

Later years[edit]

In 1884, Boone became the vice president of Gonzaga College in Washington, D.C.[4] In 1890, he returned to Loyola College, where he spent the remainder of his life. During this time, he served as a confessor and from 1890 to 1904, was the head chaplain at the Baltimore jail and the Maryland House of Correction.[2] He spent his later years engaged in literature and was interested in the history of the state of Maryland.[2]

In December 1915, he was taken to Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, after several months of declining health, where on January 16, 1916, he died. He was the last surviving member of his Holy Cross graduating class.[2] His funeral was held the following day at St. Ignatius Church, and later that day, his body was taken by train to Woodstock, Maryland, and was buried at the Woodstock College cemetery.[9]



  1. ^ a b The District of Columbia was not consolidated into a single entity, Washington, D.C., until the passage of the Organic Act of 1871.[1]


  1. ^ Dodd 1909, p. 40
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Woodstock Letters 1916, p. 254
  3. ^ a b c Kuzniewski 1999, p. 134
  4. ^ a b Woodstock Letters 1889, p. 282
  5. ^ Woodstock Letters 1912, p. 368
  6. ^ a b Devitt 1935, p. 231
  7. ^ Kuzniewski 1999, p. 148
  8. ^ Kuzniewski 1999, p. 135
  9. ^ Woodstock Letters 1916, p. 255


  • Devitt, Edward I. (June 1935). "History of the Maryland-New York Province XV: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., 1843–1914" (PDF). Woodstock Letters. 64 (2): 204–237. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 26, 2022. Retrieved May 18, 2023 – via Jesuit Archives & Research Center.
  • Dodd, Walter Farleigh (1909). The Government of the District of Columbia: A Study in Federal and Municipal Administration. Washington, D.C.: John Byrne & Co. p. 40. OCLC 2485653. Retrieved May 18, 2023 – via Internet Archive.
  • "Gonzaga College" (PDF). Woodstock Letters. 33 (3): 269–284. October 1889. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 18, 2022. Retrieved May 18, 2023 – via Jesuit Archives & Research Center.
  • Kuzniewski, Anthony J. (1999). Thy Honored Name: A History of the College of the Holy Cross, 1843–1994. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press. ISBN 978-0-81320-911-1. Archived from the original on March 25, 2020. Retrieved May 18, 2023 – via Google Books.
  • "Obituary: Father Edward D. Boone" (PDF). Woodstock Letters. 45 (2): 254–255. June 1916. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 26, 2022. Retrieved May 17, 2023 – via Jesuit Archives & Research Center.
  • "Varia". Woodstock Letters. 41 (3): 368–385. October 1912. Archived from the original on May 18, 2023. Retrieved May 18, 2023 – via Jesuit Online Library.
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