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William Walker, famed North American filibuster and hero of Southern nationalists, briefly gained control of the Nicaraguan government in 1856 and sought to reintroduce slavery to that country. After being ousted from power, he returned to the United States to prepare for further invasions of Central America. He became a Roman Catholic in 1859 while living in Mobile. He was captured and executed in Honduras the following year.
"An extraordinary coup de grace...The grace that leveled Paul on the road to Damascus can still work wonders." (Le Propagateur Catholique, New Orleans)
"The papers reported sometime prior to the publication of this volume, that its author...had been received into the Catholic Church. We think their report must have been unfounded, for we have seldom read a volume so steeped in heathenism...Its impudence and moral obtuseness, are sublime." (Orestes A. Brownson, review of Walker's memoir, The War in Nicaragua, July 1860)
“William Walker,” The American Converts Database, accessed May 22, 2018, http://americanconverts.org/items/show/800.
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