Humphrey J. Desmond

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Humphrey Joseph Desmond (September 14, 1858 – February 16, 1932) was an American lawyer, writer, newspaper editor, and politician.


Herny Joseph Desmond was born September 14, 1858 near Cedarburg, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, the son of Thomas and Joanna Bowe Desmond. He moved with his parents to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1865. Desmond went to high school in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin Law School where he received his law degree. He began his law practice in 1881.[1]

From 1883 to 1890, Desmond served on the Milwaukee School Board. In 1888, he served as counsel before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the Edgerton Bible Case. In 1891 – 1892, Desmond was elected a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, and served as Chairman of the Committee on Education. He was a member of the board of regents of Marquette University.[1]

Desmond was the proprietor of the Northwestern Chronicle in St. Paul; the New Century in Washington; and the Memphis Journal. In 1891, Desmond became the editor and publisher of The Catholic Citizen and wrote several books, historical studies, and essays. He was a contributor to the American Catholic Quarterly Review, Century, and the North American Review, and contributed a number of articles regarding matters of law to the Catholic Encyclopedia.[1]

Desmond was a member of the American Historical Association, the Wisconsin Historical Association, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences. Desmond died at his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Desmond, Humphrey J.", The Catholic Encyclopedia and Its Makers, New York, the Encyclopedia Press, 1917, p. 42 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1891,' Biographical Sketch of Humphrey J. Desmond, pg. 596
  3. ^ 'Humphrey Desmond, Editor of Catholic Citizen, Dies,' The Sheboygan Press, February 16, 1932, pg. 13