Celebrating 175

June 24: Glenn Michael McIntyre (1997)

Glenn Michael “Mike” McIntyre was an ordained Methodist minister, but resigned from active participation in that church in the mid 1980s over its position regarding the ordination of gay people. Mike became an Episcopalian and was an active participant, vestry member and delegate to the diocesan convention from the Church of the Epiphany. Mike received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan, a master of divinity from Drew University and a doctor of ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He spent his early career working in various administrative and social action positions for the United Methodist Church, before serving parishes in Illinois, Long Island, and New Jersey.

Mike’s most recent position was that of vice president for education at the Home Builder’s Institute, where he was the coordinator of a government contract to start the private housing industry in Poland. Mike’s interests included classical music, travel, and old cars. He had an extensive collection of car models, and a two-tone (turquoise and white) 1964 Ford Thunderbird. In his various roles in life, Mike always had a keen sense of caring for others. According to his long-time partner, Barry Moss, “Even though he didn’t wear a collar, Mike was a friend and pastor to many people.” Following his passing on June 24, a burial eucharist was held at Epiphany. Music of Bach, Handel, Brahms, and Widor lifted Mike’s spirit heavenward.

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June 23: Elbert Parr Tuttle (1996)

Judge Elbert P. Tuttle is on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia. The walk was created in 2004 “to give recognition to those courageous soldiers of justice who sacrificed and struggled to make equality a reality for all.” Born in California, Tuttle moved to Hawaii with his family at a young age. He attended a multiracial school in Honolulu where he excelled in sports. He attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY for his undergraduate and law degrees. He worked his way through law school as a reporter and editorial writer for a newspaper and various other publications. During this time, at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, he married Sara Sutherland, who would be his life’s partner for over sixty years.

Tuttle began a law practice in Atlanta that specialized in tax litigation, but also handled a number of civil rights cases. He became politically active and allied himself with the Republican Party because he opposed the segregationist policies of the Georgia Democratic Party. President Eisenhower appointed him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which included much of the south. Tuttle’s call to the bench came a few months after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, which led to the integration of U.S. public schools. Throughout the 1960s he was involved in numerous voter registration, civil liberties, school desegregation, and job discrimination cases, before he was appointed chief judge of the Fifth Circuit. Judge Tuttle and his fellow judges on this court helped change the course of a nation concerning civil rights.

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June 22: Newton Crain Blanchard (1922)

Newton Crain Blanchard served Louisiana as a Member of Congress, an associate justice of the state’s supreme court and the state’s governor. A native of central Louisiana, Blanchard graduated from the University of Louisiana (now Tulane) Law School. After establishing a law practice in Shreveport, Blanchard was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana’s Fourth Congressional District and served from 1881-1894. A year after relocating to Washington, DC, Blanchard and his wife became associated with the Church of the Epiphany. The two are listed as communicants in the parish register as of May 15, 1882. Beside his name in the Notes column is written, “M.C. from La.”

When Senator Edward D. White of Louisiana was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Blanchard was appointed to fill White’s Senate seat and served for the remainder of the term. While in the Senate, Blanchard was chairman of the Committee on Improvement of the Mississippi River and its Tributaries. Blanchard was then elected an associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, before being elected the state’s 33rd governor. As governor, Blanchard focused much of his energy on reforming Louisiana’s failing public school system, dramatically increasing the number of high schools and promoting the certification of teachers and librarians.

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June 21: Eugene Williams Sloan (1986)

The first U.S. Savings Bond, Series “A,” was issued on March 1, 1935. It was available in popularly-priced denominations ranging from $25 to $1000. Its interest rate was 2.9% (attractive for that time), compounded semiannually, when held to a 10-year maturity. Because of its low starting price (and maybe because of its simplicity) it was quickly nicknamed “the baby bond.” Eugene Williams Sloan, a graduate of Princeton University, became the first chief of the division of savings bonds, earning him the nickname, “Father of the Baby Bonds.” He served as assistant to the undersecretary of the Treasury under FDR. He was appointed national executive director of the defense savings staff. In July 1943, he became deputy commissioner of the public debt and served in that capacity until the end of World War II. He then returned to private banking in Chicago.

On February 11, 1937, Eugene “Gene” Sloan married Grace Switzer at the Church of the Epiphany. Forty-three years old at the time, Sloan’s marriage received the following review in the Princeton Alumni Newsletter. “Miracles have not ceased to happen and bachelors to not always remain bachelors, even though the first flush of youth may have passed. This is great news. We hear that our good friend Gene Sloan is embarking on the tempost-tossed sea of matrimony, and is going to be married to Grace Edmiston Switzer of Washington, DC. Judging from the young lady’s photograph, we congratulate Gene on his good taste.”

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June 20: Uriah Rose Harris (1930)

The U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1869 was the 15th graduating class in that institution’s history. It was the first class to have a class ring. It was the first class to receive their diplomas from their commander-in-chief; in this case, the 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, three months after taking the oath of office and himself a graduate of a service academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Twenty-year old Uriah Rose Harris was one of 53 members of the Class of 1869. Over his 42-year career, he rose in rank from midshipman to rear admiral and traversed the world. He was known as a by-the-book commander, who never cracked a smile while on duty.

In 1877, Harris was stationed at the Navy Yard at Mare Island, CA. While there, he met and married his wife, Sophia. From 1882-84, Harris was assigned to the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington. It was during this time he became associated with Epiphany. On March 9, 1883, Harris stood as a sponsor at the baptism of his wife. Nine days later, Harris and his wife were confirmed at Epiphany. It’s hard to know what might have drawn Harris to Epiphany. One connection might be Epiphany’s treasurer at the time, John H.C. Coffin, who had been a professor at the USNA when Harris attended. Also Coffin’s daughter and son-in-law, Sumner C. Paine, were parishioners at the time. Paine was a classmate of Harris at Annapolis.

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June 19: Pulitzer-Davis Wedding (1878)

On page one of the June 20, 1878 edition of The Washington Post appeared the following announcement of the wedding of Joseph Pulitzer and Kate Davis the previous day. “’Happy is the bride that the sun shines on,’ is Love’s proverb, and fairer sunshine June never showered upon her roses than that which all day long shone on Miss Kate Davis’ wedding day. She deserved this signal favor, for a more gentle and lovely bride was never led to the altar than she who, yesterday evening, was united in marriage to the man of her choice. Miss Davis is a native of this District, a near relative of Jefferson Davis, distinguished in the society of the most cultured and refined, amid which she has moved with exceeding grace, and is regarded as its most beautiful ornament. Hon. Joseph Pulitzer, upon whom has fallen the great gift of her heart and hand, is a citizen of St. Louis, and a gentleman who has risen to distinction and wealth by the force of his own independent character both as orator and writer. They were married at the Church of the Epiphany, by the Rev. J.H. Chew, rector of St. Alban’s, Georgetown.”

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June 18: Benjamin Franklin Isherwood (1915)

Benjamin Franklin Isherwood was a human dynamo.  Before he joined the Navy at age 22, he had already worked as a railroad engineer, worked on the Croton Aqueduct, the major source for drinking water for the City of New York, had an engineering job on the Erie Canal and designed and constructed lighthouses for the Lighthouse Service.  After joining the Navy, he served as engineering officer on two warships supporting U.S. forces in Mexico.  After the war, Isherwood was assigned to the Washington Navy Yard, where he experimented with and designed steam engines for naval vessels.  About this time, Isherwood’s son, Julian, was baptized at Epiphany. At age 39, he was appointed Engineer-in-Chief of the U.S. Navy.

When the Civil War began, the Navy had 28 steam vessels.  By the end of the war, the Navy’s steam-powered fleet had grown to 600 under Isherwood’s direction.  He organized a curriculum for steam engineering at the Naval Academy, where the engineering building is still named “Isherwood Hall” in his honor. Before his retirement in 1884, he designed the Navy’s fast cruisers.  Since his death in 1915, three Navy ships have been named for Isherwood.  The Rear Admiral Benjamin F. Isherwood Award is awarded by the U.S. Navy to recognize “innovation and expertise in the effective assessment, development, execution, or deployment of technological solutions for operational Fleet needs.”

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June 17: Gaetano Carusi (1843)

Established by an act of Congress on July 11, 1798, the United States Marine Band is the oldest of the United States military bands and the oldest professional musical organization in the United States. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson suggested to the Commandant of the Marine Corps that Italian musicians be enlisted in the Marine Corps and be added to the Marine Band. Captain John Hall was dispatched to southern Italy where American ships were stationed during the war with Tripoli. Captain Hall contacted Gaetano Carusi, a local band leader in Catania, to recruit the musicians.

On September 19, 1805, a group of 14 Italian musicians, with some wives and children aboard a U.S. Navy ship arrived at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, DC. Gaetano Carusi, his wife and three sons were among the passengers. The band members were quickly assimilated into the U.S. Marine Band. After his time in the band, Carusi established an entertainment hall in Washington, which was the site of several presidential inaugural balls. Following Gaetano Carusi’s death on June 17, 1843, his funeral was held at Epiphany. This was before the church was built, so the service took place at Apollo Hall, the meeting place of the young congregation or at a private home. Carusi could have become connected to Epiphany through John L. Clubb, the church’s first musician, who was also associated with the Marine Band.

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June 16: Thomas Antisell (1893)

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Thomas Antisell was educated at the best schools in Europe including Trinity College, Dublin, the Dublin School of Medicine, and the Royal College of Surgeons in London where he received his medical degree in 1839. He also studied chemistry in Paris and Berlin before opening his medical practice in Dublin. Due to political dissent, Antisell emigrated to the U.S. in 1848, initially settling in New York City. In 1856, he accepted the position of Chief Examiner in the Chemical Department of the Patent Office in Washington, DC. Shortly thereafter, he became associated with Epiphany. Two of his daughters were baptized on Easter Eve 1858 and a third daughter was confirmed a month later.

Shortly after the Civil War broke out in 1861, Antisell entered the Union Army as Brigade Surgeon of volunteers. In October of 1862 he was made chief surgeon at Harewood Hospital, one of the largest Civil War hospitals in the city. He also served as president of the medical examining board and as surgeon in charge of sick and wounded officers in Washington. After the war, he was reinstated to his former position with the patent office. He lectured at Georgetown University on a variety of subjects such as hygiene, military surgery, physiology, pathology, and chemistry. He was awarded a Ph.D. from that institution in 1876.

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June 15: William H. Sackett (1864)

A native of Seneca Falls, New York, William H. Sackett was the only son of William Augustus and Zayde Thorne Sackett. The elder Sackett served in the U.S. Congress as a Representative from New York for two terms. When the Civil War broke out, the younger Sackett was practicing law in Albany, having been admitted to the bar a short time previous. He enlisted in the 9th New York Volunteer Cavalry in November 1861 and was commissioned a major. He participated in battles including Bull Run and Antietam, rising to the rank of colonel and later a brevet brigadier general. The marriage of William Sackett on November 27, 1862 is recorded in Epiphany’s register. This is during the time the church was in use as a military hospital and the wedding is recorded as having taken place in a private home.

The Civil War Battle of Trevilian Station in Louisa County, Virginia, just north of Richmond, was fought June 11-12, 1864. The battle was a tactical victory for the Confederates. It was the bloodiest and largest all-calvary battle of the war. On June 11, while leading his cavalry unit in a charge under General Sheridan, 25-year old Colonel William Sackett was mortally wounded and died inside of the enemy’s lines three days later. The report that he had been severely injured and was in the hands of the enemy soon reached his wife, who immediately determined to make an effort to reach and care for him, not knowing that he was already dead. A series of letters between Gen. Grant and Gen. Lee followed attempting to gain Mrs. Sackett permission to look for her husband before it was revealed he had died.

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