Along with other immigrants, the Irish have been coming to America for centuries. Rich and poor, Protestant and Roman Catholic, fortune seekers and refugees, they have all sought a new beginning here and many of them have gone on to strengthen the structure of our country, including:
- John and Ethel Barrymore: Distinguished stage and screen performers
- Charles Carroll: Named Maryland's attorney general in 1688; grandson signed the Declaration of Independence
- Henry Ford: Established Ford Motor Company
- Judy Garland: Entertainer and singer, Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz"
- Patrick J. Hurley: Secretary of War under President Hoover
- John F. Kennedy: First Irish-American Catholic to be elected U.S. President
- Archibald Mellon: Patriarch of Mellon family, prominent in industry, finance, education and art patronage
- Augustus Saint Gaudens: 19th-century sculptor
Now that you know all about Saint Patrick, the day named in his honor, and the legends associated with the celebration, go out and enjoy St. Patrick's Day -- and don't forget to wear your green!
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