Henry Cronin was a Fenian physician and novelist renowned for fusing realism, romance and social criticism into his works.
His friends suspected he had been murdered, and their suspicion was confirmed when a bloodstained trunk with his hair strands was discovered north of Chicago. Having denounced Clan na Gael for its corruption and dictatorial irresponsibility, they expelled him (1885).
Early Life and Education
Henry Cronin was born in County Cork but moved with his family early to Canada, working as a porter before moving to St Louis to study pharmacy and eventually medicine at Missouri Medical College before opening up a practice and joining Clan-na-Gael and various charitable groups.
He became a widely revered figure among Irish Americans, raising substantial sums to promote Irish independence from British rule. However, he quickly took an antagonistic stance towards Camp 20 and its leader Alexander Sullivan of Chicago; when he claimed that Sullivan had siphoned off $100K of Clan funds without authorization he was denounced as a traitor and British spy.
The trial was unprecedented in scope, including allegations of police bribery, jury tampering and perjury. On December 16th Coughlin, O’Sullivan and Burke were found guilty and given death sentences.
Sgt Cronin was well-loved and trusted among Tullamore residents, having earned their respect with his sincerity and honesty. He displayed exceptional character and conduct, taking seriously his responsibilities for protecting Tullamore town.
Once the Chicago convention led to Sullivan taking control of Clan-na-Gael, Cronin became an outspoken critic of Sullivan’s venality and authoritarianism – something which made him extremely unpopular among Clan members who eventually expelled him.
Cronin was an accomplished Australian rules football player, possessing agile half-forward flanker and centreman skills with a devastating left foot kick. From 1930 to 1940 he umpired 25 WAFL matches while coaching East Perth to their second consecutive premiership and the inaugural Tassie medal award of 1947. Additionally he taught Australian rules at Perth colleges before representing WA State.
Achievement and Honors
Cronin’s work has garnered many awards and distinctions. Her first children’s book, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type was honored with the 2000 Caldecott Medal Honor Book award; its humorous tale of farm animals who use typewritten notes to communicate their demands to Farmer Brown is now an enduring classic.
She is widely respected for her humorous works that address social issues and culture in a humorous manner, often used as learning tools to introduce children to labor relations, Marxism, economics and electoral processes. Her books often serve as learning aids in classroom settings.
She is also an enthusiastic educator; she created both the Writing Fellows Program at Chadbourne and Undergraduate Research Scholars programs at Chadbourne to offer undergraduate students full immersion research experiences with faculty members. Furthermore, she hosts annual online conferences so researchers can present their work without incurring travel expenses and impactful impacts by attending physical conferences.
Cronin sang at Chicago events such as Holy Name Cathedral and other Irish functions, wrote articles for newspapers and supported Clan na Gael.
In 1934, he started publishing the Students’ Digest magazine as an educational journal that promised not to publish politics or creed articles in its pages. This venture quickly gained a large global readership.
Cronin used The Digest as a vehicle to advance Catholic Action, as well as campaign for stricter censorship of films and books. A controversial figure, Cronin was often praised for his sincerity, knowledge, but frequently criticized for being dogmatic and blunt in his commentary. Additionally, he often defended General Francisco Franco’s nationalist insurgents in Spain when necessary, often advocating on their behalf against insurgent attacks from nationalist groups there. Upon his death in St Louis in 1968 his obituary remembered both his Irish roots as well as dedication to journalism in particular.
Cronin was a civil engineer who served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers during World War I, earning the Military Cross for his efforts constructing defensive works and aiding assaults under heavy fire. Later he worked at London’s Metropolitan Water Board.
He is an accomplished musician, having performed lead vocals and rhythm guitar for REO Speedwagon. Through both his musical career and investments he has earned considerable income.
Cronin, as head coach of one of the nation’s premier basketball programs, enjoys an attractive salary. His current contract starts at $3.2 Million with increases of $100,000 each season; this represents a substantial boost from Cincinnati where his salary was just $1.3 Million; as of 5 June 2020 he owned over 5,000 units of Mastech Digital Inc stock.