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  Quigley McCarthy, Abigail Eleanor
NameAbigail Eleanor Quigley McCarthy
Washington, District of Columbia , United States
Born April 16, 1915
DiedFebruary 01, 2001 (85 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Sep 30, 2008 02:10pm
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InfoAbigail Quigley McCarthy (b. April 16, 1915, Wabasha, Minnesota - d. February 1, 2001, Washington, D.C.) was an American academic and writer, best known as the wife of politician and presidential contender Eugene McCarthy. She predeceased her estranged husband by almost five years.

They met as teachers in Mandan, North Dakota and were wed on June 25, 1945 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their first home was in Watkins, Minnesota at an agriculture commune formed by Catholic couples. In later years, following their separation, they lived separately, however they never divorced. She had an apartment in Washington, D.C. on Connecticut Avenue, which is where she died in 2001, aged 85.

Abigail Quigley graduated as a Phi Beta Kappa from St. Catherine's College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1936. She received her M.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1942 and did post-graduate work at the University of Chicago and the Middlebury School of English.

Abigail Quigley McCarthy was a Catholic author, educator, and activist. She wrote several successful books and was a regular columnist for Commonweal, a liberal Catholic magazine, from 1974-1999. She wrote reviews for The New York Times and The Washington Post. She founded and was first president of Church Women United, a lay Catholic group.

The Abigail Quigley McCarthy Women's Research, Resources and Scholarship Center was established at her alma mater, St. Catherine's College, in her honor.



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Husband Eugene J. McCarthy Jun 25, 1945-Feb 01, 2001
Son Christopher Joseph McCarthy 1946-1946
Daughter Eleanor McCarthy Howell 1947-
Daughter Mary Abigail McCarthy 1949-1990
Son Michael Benet McCarthy 1952-
Daughter Margaret Alice McCarthy Brown 1956-

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