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“The Dooleys of Richmond” Book & Author Event
June 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dr. Mary Lynn Bayliss presents an overview of her recently published book, The Dooleys of Richmond: An Irish Immigrant Family in the Old and New South, which tells the story of a dynamic Irish Catholic immigrant family who came to Virginia in the nineteenth century. Learn about the family’s fortunes during their prosperous years when John Dooley, father of Maymont’s James Henry Dooley, established a large hat manufacturing enterprise and became a prominent civic leader, through the Civil War, with John and his sons serving in the Confederate Army and the family suffering the loss of their hat manufactory in the fire that swept through Richmond. The Dooley family saga brightens with the rise of young James Henry Dooley, who becomes a leading Richmond lawyer and philanthropist, builds a fortune through the development of railroads and plays a key role in the emergence of the New South. He and his wife Sallie built Maymont, their Gilded Age estate, today recognized as a major historic site in Virginia. Join us to celebrate the culmination of many years of research at a book signing and reception following the lecture. Register online.