Chronology

On St. Patrick’s Night, March 17, 1901, the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick was formed in the Newman Hotel, with

1901

Dr. John A. O’Keefe, President; Thomas F. Cooney, Toastmaster.

1902

Dr. John A. O’Keefe, President; Thomas F. Cooney, Toastmaster; The Wellington.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Luke Kavanaugh, Esq.; “The United States,” Hon. Charles E. Gorman; “Our Martyrs,” Peter C. Cannon; “Poetry and Songs of Ireland,” Dr. Bernard T. McDermott; “The Press,” James P. McNeillis.

1903

Thomas F. Cooney, Esq., President; Hon. Charles E. Gorman, Toastmaster; The Wellington.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Thomas H. Dowd; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. L.F.C. Garvin; “The United States,” Hon. Charles S. Hamlin; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Augustus S. Miller.

1904

C. Woodbury Gorman, President; Thomas F. Cooney, Toastmaster; The Wellington.

“The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. L.F.C. Garvin; “The Day We Celebrate,” Judge Frank E. Fitzsimmons.

1905

John Dillon, President; C. Woodbury Gorman, Toastmaster; The Trocadero.

“The Roman Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Thomas W. Doran; “The State of Rhode Island,” Lt. Gov. Frank H. Jackson; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. James M. Sullivan; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Augustus S. Miller; “Education,” Superintendent Small.

1906

Peter C. Cannon, President; Hon John J. Fitzgerald, Toastmaster; The Wellington.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Austin C. Dowling; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. George H. Utter; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Matthew Cummings; “Irishmen in the Revolutionary War,” Joseph O’Connell, Esq.

1907

Dennis D. Donovan, President; Thomas F. Donahue, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. James H. Higgins; “The Day We Celebrate,” Joseph J. Murphy, Esq.; “The United States—Our People as Citizens,” Rev. J. S. McCoy; “The City of Providence,” Mayor P. J. McCarthy; “Our Sister State,” Judge John G. Fahey.

1908

Dennis D. Donovan, President; James T. Egan, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Influence of the Catholic Church Upon the Life and History of Our Country,” Rev. Peter E. Blessing; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Michael F. Correy; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. James H. Higgins; “Prosperity of Ireland,” Rev. J.V. Murphy, Mayo, Ireland; “The Boys of Wexford,” Mayor P. J. McCarthy.

1909

Dr. Edward F. Carroll, President; Judge Frank E. Fitzsimmons, Toastmaster; Churchill House.

“The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. Aram J. Pothier; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. James A. Gallivan; “The Roman Catholic Church,” Rev. Michael J. McCabe; “The Irish in America,” Congressman George F. O’Shaunessey; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Henry A. Fletcher.

1910

Thomas F. Donahue, President; Hon. John J. Fitzgerald, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Peter Hanley; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov.  Aram J. Pothier; “The Irish in America,” Mayor John F. Fitzgerald; “Our Adopted Country,” Judge John M. Wall.

1911

John E. Hurley, President; Hon. George F. O’Shaunessey, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Catholic Church,” Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas F. Doran; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. Aram J. Pothier; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Henry A. Fletcher; “The United States,” Lt. Gov. Zenas W. Bliss; “The Day We Celebrate,” William A. Murphy, Esq.; “The Irish in America,” William Gibbs McAdoo.

1912

Joseph H. Gainer, President; William G. Troy, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Church,” Rev. John F. Murray; “The Irish in the United States,” Congressman Thomas Upton Sisson; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. Aram J. Pothier; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. William S. McNary; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Henry A. Fletcher; “The Religion and Patriotism of the Irish Race,” Judge Michael J. Murray.

1913

Matthew J. Cummings, President; Hon. T. A. Carroll, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Catholic Church,” Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas F. Doran; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. Aram J. Pothier; “The Irish in the United States,” Hon. Claude G. Bowers; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Joseph H. Gainer.

1914

William G. Troy, President; Albert B. West, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph F. Murray; “The State,” Lt. Gov. Roswell B. Burchard; “The United States,” Congressman Simeon Fess; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John F. Cowan; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Joseph H. Gainer; “Impressions of Ireland,” Hon. Poultney Bigelow.

1915

Thomas P. Haven, President; Patrick P. Curran, Esq., Toastmaster; Elks Auditorium.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Edward F. O’Donnell; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. R. Livingston Beekman; “The Day We Celebrate,” Supt. Hugh J. Malloy; “The Irish Contribution to American Freedom,” John G. Coyle, M.D., J.D. Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Joseph H. Gainer.

1916

Joseph J. Cunningham, President; William G. Troy, Esq., Toastmaster; Elks Auditorium.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Thomas A.K. Reilly. O.P.; “The United States,” Senator J. Hamilton Lewis; “The Day We Celebrate,” Congressman Patrick B. Norton.

1917

Edward J. McCaffrey, President; Thomas F. Cooney Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Charles L. Cunningham; “The United States,” Congressman Joseph Walsh; “The Day We Celebrate,” U.S. Treasurer, John Burke.

1918

John C. Mahoney, President; William S. Flynn, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Michael J. Earls, S.J.; “The United States,” Congressman Warren Gard; “The Naval Welfare of Our Country,” Congressman Lemuel P. Padgett.

1919

Dr. Joseph M. Bennett, President; Dr. John Donley, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Jeremiah F. O’Meara; “The Day We Celebrate,” Judge Luke D. Stapleton; “The United States,” Senator Augustus O. Stanley; “The Case of Ireland,” John A. Hennessey, Esq.

1920

M. Davitt Carroll, President; Hon. George F. O’Shaunessey, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Bishop William A. Hickey; “The Day We Celebrate,” Robert S. Butler, Esq.; “The United States,” Congressman Carlos Bee.

1921

Dr. William C. McLaughlin, President; Albert B. West, Esq., Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John F. Murray; “The Day We Celebrate,” Dr. Albert W. Allen; “The Day of Irish Freedom,” Judge Daniel H. Prior; “The United States,” Senator Thaddeus H. Caraway.

1922

James J. McGovern, President; Col. Patrick H. Quinn, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Michael F. O’Brien; “The Influence of St. Patrick,” John H. O’Brien, Esq.; “The United States,” Senator Thaddeus H. Caraway.

1923

Patrick F. Mahoney, President; Hon. James H. Higgins, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. William D. Noon, O.P., S.T.M.; “The Day We Celebrate and the Land We Live In,” Judge Thomas H. Dowd; “The Case of Ireland,” John H. Hennessey, Esq.

1924

Dr. John E. Donley, President; John P. Beagan, Esq., Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Msgr. John P.S. Chadwick; “The Day We Celebrate,” Judge Cornelius F. Collins; “The United States,” Congressman Henry T. Rainey.

1925

Col. Patrick H. Quinn, President; J.E. Sheridan, Esq., Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John F. Reardon; “The Day We Celebrate,” Congressman John J. O’Connor; “The United States,” Congressman T. Webber Wilson.

1926

Hon G. F. O’Shaunessey, President; Hon. Mortimer A. Sullivan, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. James R. Bartley; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Michael F. Kennedy; “The United States,” Hon. Fitz G. Lanham.

1927

Patrick J. Clarke, President; M. Davitt Carroll, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Peter J. Malone; “The Day We Celebrate,” Major Eugene F. Kinkead; “The United States,” Dr. James Shera Montgomery, Chaplain, U.S. Senate.

1928

Joseph P. Canning, President; Hon. Joseph H. Gainer, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Bernard A. McLaughlin, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Lindsay Crawford; “The United States,” Hon. George H. Coombs, Jr.

1929

John T. Ward, M.D., President; Hon. William S. Flynn, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. William R. Houghton; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Joseph F. O’Connell; “The United States,” Hon. James T. Begg.

1930

J. Edward Sheridan, President; Hon. Robert E. Quinn, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Daniel M. Galliher, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Joseph A. Conry; “The United States,” Senator Henry F. Ashurst.

1931

Maj. Peter Leo Cannon, President; Dr. Edward F. Carroll, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Russell J. McVinney; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Augustine Lonergan; “The United States,” Senator A. Ousley Stanley.

1932

Dr. Frank P. Duffy, President; Hon. Ambrose Kennedy, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John F. Reardon; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Thomas A. Mullen; “The United States,” Senator Thomas P. Gore.

1933

Charles A. Maguire, President; Hon. William S. Flynn, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Daniel O’Connell; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. E. Mark Sullivan; “The United States,” Senator Alben W. Barkley.

1934

James E. Smith, President; Judge Jeremiah E. O’Connell, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Francis J. Deery; “The Day We Celebrate,” Mayor Joseph Leo Hurley; “The United States,” Comptroller, U.S. Currency, Hon. J. F. T. O’Connor.

1935

Dr. Edward A. McLaughlin, President; Hon. John P. Hartigan, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Cornelius B. Collins, L. L. D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Eugene A. Colligan; “The United States,” Hon. Francis T. Maloney.

1936

Thomas H. Driscoll, President; Dr. John E. Donley, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Gerald F. Dillon; “The Day We Celebrate,” Michael F. Walsh, Esq.; “The United States,” Hon. Harry Shippe Truman.

1937

Hon. J. Howard McGrath, President; Edward F. McElroy, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John Jordan Dillon, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Arthur O’Leary, Esq.; “The United States,” Hon. Joseph C. O’Mahoney.

1938

Dr. Joseph C. O’Connell, President; Hon. Jeremiah E. O’Connell, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Francis P. Keough, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Congressman Donald L. O’Toole; “The United States,” Hon. Edmund W. Flynn, Chief Justice of Supreme Court.

1939

John J. Dolan, President; Charles A. Maguire, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Jeremiah T. Fitzgerald, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Paul A. Dever; “The United States,” Hon. James A. Farley.

1940

Albert H. Daly, President; William E. McCabe, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Cornelius J. Holland; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. James M. Curley; “The United States,” Hon. Carl A. Hatch.

1941

Hon. William S. Flynn, President; Hon. Francis B. Condon, Toastmaster; Hotel Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Charles C. Curran; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Matthew J. Troy; “The United States,” Hon. Paul V. McNutt.

1942

Hon. James H. Kiernan, President; Hon. Patrick P. Curran, Toastmaster; Hotel Biltmore.

“Greetings,” Gov. J. Howard McGrath; “The Catholic Church,” Rev. John J. Shields; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Matthew J. McGuire; “The United States,” Hon. Theodore Francis Greene.

1943

Thomas A. Kennelly, President; Judge John P. Cooney, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Russell J. McVinney; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Edmund A. Sullivan; “The United States,” Hon. George E. Outland.

1944

Dr. Joseph C. Johnston, President; Hon. J. Howard McGrath, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Church,” Col. William D. Cleary; “The Day We Celebrate,” Capt. Edward A. Hayes, U.S.N.; “The United States,” Hon. Tom Clark, Assistant U.S. Attorney General.

1945

John B. Dunn, President; Hon. Dennis J. Roberts, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Thomas V. Cassidy, Ed.L; “The Day We Celebrate,” Matthew J. Troy, Esq.; “The United States,” Hon. Brian McMahon.

1946

Hon. John P. Hartigan, President; Hon. Jeremiah E. O’Connell, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Capt. Lawrence E. Deery; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Gael Sullivan; “The United States,” Hon. W. Stuart Symington.

1947

Hon. Dennis J. Roberts, President; David R. McGovern, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John J. Tully; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Thomas J. Dodd; “The United States,” Hon. Glen H. Taylor.

1948

Martin J. Flaherty, President; Hon. John P. Hartigan, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. J. Clement Slattery; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John J. Barry; “The United States,” Hon. Warren G. Magnuson.

1949

Dr. Edward F. Burke, President; Hon. Patrick P. Curran, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Dennis J. Roberts; “The United States,” Hon. John O. Pastore.

1950

Francis J. McCabe, President; Hon. Dennis J. Roberts, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Robert J. Slavin, O.P., S.T., Lr., Ph.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John J. McCormack; “The United States,” Hon. Alben W. Barkley.

1951

William E. McCabe, President; Daniel H. Morrissey, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph F. McCabe; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John J. Hearne; “The United States,” Hon. J. Howard McGrath.

1952

John H. Gorman, President; Dr. Edward A. McLaughlin, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Raymond J. Crawford; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Dennis J. Roberts; “The United States,” Hon. Michael J. Mansfield.

1953

Henry J. McLaughlin, President; James F. McCarthy, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John P. McGuire; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. J. Howard McGrath; “The United States,” Hon. Maurice J. Tobin.

1954

Hon. John P. Cooney, Jr., President; Leo M. Cooney, Esq., Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph T. Gallagher; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John E. Fogarty; “The United States,” Hon. James M. Mead.

1955

Edward M. McEntee, President; Hon. Dennis J. Roberts, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Padraic Colum; “The United States,” Hon. Patrick V. McNamara.

1956

Dr. Francis M. Hackett, President; Edmund A. Quinn, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

Invocation: Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney,

D. D.; “The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. James L. Connolly, D.D; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John E. Mullen; “The United States,” Hon. John F. X. McGohey.

1957

Thomas J. Meehan, President; Dr. James F. Colgan, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. William A. Donaghy, S. J.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Richard Reid; “The United States,” Maj. Gen. Edward J. O’Neill, U.S.A.

1958

Dr. Fred J. Donovan, President; Hon. John E. Fogarty, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Charles H. McKenna, O.P., B. Litt. (Oxon), Ph. D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Mark A. McCloskey; “The United States,” Hon. Robert E. Quinn.

1959

Charles F. Reynolds, Sr., President; Hon. Dennis J. Roberts, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John E. Fenton; “The United States,” Hon. John F. Kennedy.

1960

Nelson G. Burke, President; Hon. John P. Hartigan, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Paul L. Hagarty, O.S.B.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Edward B. Hanify; “The United States,” Hon. A. S. Mike Monroney.

1961

Francis V. Corrigan, President; Hon. Thomas F. Kelleher, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Thomas F. Maloney, D. D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” William Arthur Reilly; “The United States,” Hon. Claiborne Pell.

1962

Albert H. Daly Jr., President; Hon. Walter H. Reynolds, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John McColl, S. J.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Alphonsus J. Donahue; “The United States,” Hon. Joseph P. McMurray.

1963

Thomas A. Sullivan, President; James F. McCarthy, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Kenneth C. Sullivan, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Edward V. Healey, Jr.; “The United States,” Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther.

1964

Thomas F. McLaughlin, President; Hon. Robert E. Quinn, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John J. McLaughlin, S. J.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Thomas J. Meehan Sr.; “The United States,” Hon. Edmund S. Muskie.

1965

Matthew E. Ward, President; Hon. Justin P. McCarthy, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rt.  Rev. Msgr. Arthur A. Sullivan; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Peter J. Cloherty; “The United States,” Hon. Hugh L. Carey.

1966

John P. Kelaghan, President; Austin P. Daley, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. William P. Haas, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Rev. Bernard R. Boylan, S.J.; “The United States,” Capt. Walter A. McGuiness, U.S.N.

1967

John J. Driscoll, President; Hon. Samuel H. Ramsay, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Bishop Thomas J. Wade, S.M.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Brendan Malin; “The United States,” Rear Adm. John M. Alford, U.S.N.

1968

Peter F. Harrington, M.D., President; Hon. Edward V. Healey, Jr., Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph L. Lennon, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. H. Benedict Ripkee; “The United States,” Dr. Edward D. Re.

1969

Timothy J. McCarthy, President; Hon. Edward M. McEntee, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. George H. Hearn; “The United States,” Hon. Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr.

1970

John F. Brown, President; Hon. Francis B. Brown, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rt.  Rev. Msgr. Daniel P. Reilly; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. William V. Cadigan; “The United States,” Capt. Charles C. Heid.

1971

Thomas L. Walsh, President; Hon. Alexander R. Walsh, Toastmaster; Holiday Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph T. Gallagher; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Thomas B. Dowd.

1972

John F. Ward, President; Hon. Joseph A.

Doorley, Jr., Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Dennis J. Roberts.

1973

Paul F. Daly, President; W. Norbet Daly, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“A Toast to the Catholic Church and the Day We Celebrate,” Rev. James J. Haddad; “The United States,” Gen. Leonard F. Chapman, U.S.M.C. (Ret.).

1974

Walter A. Dunn, President; Hon. J. Joseph Garrahy, Toastmaster; Colonial Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The United States,” Hon. Henry M. Jackson.

1975

Timothy J. Harrington, Jr., President; John S. Meehan, Toastmaster; Colonial Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The United States,” Hon. Thomas J. McIntyre.

1976

Thomas C. Haxton, Jr., President; Hon. J. Joseph Garrahy, Toastmaster; Cranston Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Kenneth P. (Ken) O’Donnell.

1977

John G. Coffey, President; Hon. Philip W. Noel, Toastmaster; Cranston Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. J. Joseph Garrahy.

1978

Donald C. Daly, President; Hon. Edward V. Healey, Jr., Toastmaster; Cranston Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Edward P. Manning; “The United States,” Hon. Peter V. Domenici.

1979

Robert C. McHenry, President; Hon. Edward P. Gallogly, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John F. Farley; “The Day We Celebrate,” Austin P. Kane; “The United States,” Prof. Lyman B. Kirkpatrick, Jr.

1980

Francis B. Brown, President; Hon. Joseph W. Walsh, Toastmaster; Cranston Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Thomas R. Peterson, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John J. Moran; “The United States,” Hon. Francis J. Boyle.

1982

Robert E. Sweeney, President; Hon. Russell J. Boyle, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph L. Lennon, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Ron Myers; “The United States,” Brig. Gen. John Whelan Kiely.

1983

Hon. John J. Cappelli, President; Harry McKenna, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Kenneth A. Angell, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” David F. Powers; “The United States,” Maj. Gen. Leonard F. Holland.

1984

Hon. John M. Skeffington, Jr., President; Hon. Joseph A. Keough, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Paul Van K. Thompson; “The United States,” Hon. Donald F. Shea.

1985

William S. Kelley, Jr., President; Hon. Dennis M. Lynch, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Matthew J. Smith.

1986

Matthew J. McHenry, President; Paul T. Hicks, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Rev. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, O.P.; “The United States,” Hon. Joseph R. Biden, Jr.; “Man of the Year,” Hon. Edward V. Healey, Jr.

1987

Paul J. Fox, Jr., President; Hon. Francis X. Flaherty, Toastmaster; Omni Biltmore.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. James E. O’Neill; “Man of the Year,” Hon. Raymond T. Garvey; “Distinguished Service Award,” Rev. Howard C. Olsen.

1988

Thomas F. Brady, President; William H. Kelley, Toastmaster; Omni Biltmore.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Prof. Robert L. Deasy; “Man of the Year,” Matthew J. Smith; “Distinguished Service Award,” Hon. Thomas F. Fay.

1989

William F. Brennan, DMD, President; Joseph J. McGair, Esq., Toastmaster; Omni Biltmore.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Councillor Fintan Coogan; “The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The United States,” Hon. Patrick J. Kennedy; “Man of the Year,” Cameron P. Quinn, Esq.; “Distinguished Service Award,” Maxwell Mays.

1990

Jeremiah H. Cannon, President; William H. Kelley, Toastmaster; Omni Biltmore.

“The Day We Celebrate,” John C. Quinn; “The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Daniel P. Reilly; “The United States,” Charles J. O’Leary; “Special Recognition Award,” Hon. Dennis J. Roberts; “Man of the Year,” Hon. Francis B. Brown; “Distinguished Service Award,” Charles B. Healey (Posthumously).

1991

James T. Crowshaw, President; Hon. Francis X. Flaherty, Toastmaster; Inn at the Crossings.

“The United States,” Hon. Jack Reed; “Man of the Year,” Joseph E. Conneally; “Distinguished Service Award,” William H. Kelley.

1992

Timothy J. Chapman, Esq., President; Paul J. Fox, Jr., Toastmaster; Roger Williams Park Casino.

“Man of the Year,” Thomas F. Brady; “Distinguished Service Award,” Hon. Joseph F. Rogers, Jr.

1993

Thomas O. Sweeney, President; Thomas P. Hogan, Toastmaster; Roger Williams Park Casino.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Paul S. Kelley; “Man of the Year,” Hon. John J. Cappelli; “Distinguished Service Award,” Peter McGinn.

1994

John F. Quinlan, President; Francis X. Flaherty, Toastmaster; Roger Williams Park Casino.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Kingsley Aikins; “Man of the Year,” Jeremiah H. Cannon.

1995

Christopher S. Hurd, President; Hon. Paul S. Kelly, Toastmaster; Westin Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Ken Coleman; “Man of the Year,” John Hazen White, Sr.

1996

John F. Fox, President; Stephen McDonald, Toastmaster; Westin Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” John F. Fox, President; “The Catholic Church,” Most Reverend Bishop Robert E. Mulvee; “Distinguished Service Award,” Dr. William F. Brennan; “Man of the Year,” Francis H. Curren.

1997

Peter L. Cannon II, President; John V. Atanasoff III, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” John E. Ryan, Esq.; “The Catholic Church,” Most Reverend Bishop Robert E. Mulvee; “Man of the Year,” Lt. John McKenna, PFD.

1998

James M. Sloan IV, President; James S. Bennett, Toastmaster; Westin Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Jonathan J. Houston; “The Catholic Church,” Reverend Gerald E. Beirne; “Man of the Year,” Gerald B. Sullivan, Esq.; “Distinguished Service Award,” Christopher S. Hurd.

1999

Peter C. Dorsey, Jr., President; Casino at Roger Williams Park.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Mayor John O’Leary; “Man of the Year,” Hon. John O’Leary.

2000

James J. Cooney, Jr., President; Francis X. Flaherty, Toastmaster; Westin Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” “Man of the Year,” Hon. Patrick J. Kennedy; “The Catholic Church”, Rev. Bernard A. Healey; “The United States”, Hon. James R. Langevin; “Distinguished Service Award”, Hon. John J. Capelli.

2001

Herbie I. Holland, President; Tom Morin, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Herbie I. Holland; “Man of the Year,” Edward Liston, President Emeritus Community College of Rhode Island; “Distinguished Service Award,” Gene K. Burns, Ph.D.

2002

Matthew M. Clarkin, Jr., President; Charlie Hall, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Rev. Raymond P. Luft; “Man of the Year,” Colonel Richard T. Sullivan, Providence Police Department; “Man of the Year,” Chief James Rattigan, Providence Fire Department; “Distinguished Service Award,” John Partington, Providence Public Safety Commissioner

2003

Ned McCrory, President; Biltmore Hotel; “Man of the Year”, Terrence P. Donnelly, Assistant United States Attorney; “Distinguished Service Awards”, Michael J. McGovern, Special Olympics; Margaret E. Curran, United States Attorney

2004

Mark P. McKenney, President; The Federal Reserve; Man of the Year, Francis X. Flaherty, Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court

2005

James R. Simmons, President; The Federal Reserve; “Man of the Year” Michael E. McMahon, Executive Director Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation

2006

Brian Sennett, President; The Federal Reserve; “Man of the Year” Brendan P. Doherty, Major, Rhode Island State Police, Ret.

2007

Kevin Flood, President; The Federal Reserve; “Man of the Year” Honorable John F. Reed; “Distinguished Service Award” Jeremiah H. Cannon

2008

Dr. Paul J. McKenney, President; Patrick’s Pier One; “Man of the Year” Dr. Donald D. Deignan,Ph.D; “Distinguished Service Award” James T Crowshaw

2009

Ned Cummiskey, President; Patrick’s Pier One; “Person of the Year”, Sr. Mary Reilly, RSM; “Community Service Award”, Commander Paul Kennedy, Deputy Chief, Providence Police Department; “Distinguished Service Award”, Tom Sweeney and Ned McCrory.

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