Augustus Tolton

Augustus Tolton

Name Augustus Tolton
Profession Religious Leader
Date of Birth 1854-04-01
Place of Birth Missouri
Age 43 yrs
Death Date 1897-07-09
Birth Sign Aries

About Augustus Tolton

Ex-slave who became the first African American priest in the Roman Catholic Church of America. He established St. Monica’s Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago.

Early Life Experience of Augustus Tolton

During the American Civil War, he and his mother and siblings escaped from Missouri to the slavery-free state of Illinois, where they found work at a tobacco company.

Trivia Info

He attended the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Italy and became an ordained priest at the age of thirty-one.

Family Life and Relationship

The son of Peter Paul Tolton and Martha Jane Chisley, he was born into slavery in Missouri. The plantation owner’s wife, Savilla Elliot, served as his godmother.

Close Associates

He and Frederick Douglass were both notable ex-slaves.