Father John Bapst, SJ ministered in Maine for years, building churches and evangelizing. But the anti-Catholic “Know Nothings” became active in the area and set their sites on Father Bapst. He was kidnapped by them, beaten, tarred, and feathered, and left for dead. He survived the attack. Eventually he became the first president of Boston College.
- Father John Bapst and the Know-Nothing Movement in Maine
- Fr. John Bapst Survives Tar & Feathers, Becomes 1st Boston College President – New England Historical Society
- Father John Bapst, S.J.: An Evangelist Among the Know Nothings – Crisis Magazine
- 164 years ago, this Bangor priest was tarred, feathered and ridden on a rail – Bangor Daily News
- Tarred and feathered — the 1854 letter of Father Bapst.
Follow to Get Episodes Automatically
And in your kindness, please leave a great rating and a review — those help more people to find American Catholic History!
Brought to you by SQPN and Beatrix Media
Keep the American Catholic History Podcast going by supporting SQPN, or by becoming a sponsor of American Catholic History, and contact Beatrix Media (Tom and Noëlle's media company) for your writing, digital strategy, and SEO needs!
Become a StarQuest Patron
Patrons keep all of SQPN's shows going, including American Catholic History. Patrons also receive special gifts and exclusive access to special content and early releases of certain episodes. Find out all of the benefits of being a Patron and choose your level today!
Sponsor American Catholic History Episodes
Learn how you can sponsor the American Catholic History Podcast. Your name and information will be included in our episodes, plus more benefits. Get information at the SQPN website.
Drop a Tip in Noëlle & Tom's Tip Jar
Putting these episodes together takes time. If you appreciate what you get, show Noëlle and Tom a little love through Venmo or Paypal.