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Michael Healy Papers

 Record Group — Box: RG08-04-001
Identifier: RG08-04

Scope and Contents

This Record Group contains primary and secondary sources pertaining to Michael Healy, including a meteorological report of St. Michael, Alaska from 1882 completed by Healy. The biographical and historical writings about Healy include newsaper clippings, periodical articles, and a book typescript.


  • 1882-1979


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Biographical / Historical

Born near Mason, Georgia in 1839 to Michael and Mary Eliza Healy, Michael Healy was the youngest male of 10 children. His father, Michael Morris Healy was an Irish-born former soldier and immigrant, who married Mary Eliza Healy, a mixed-race enslaved woman. Because their marriage and children were considered illegitimate, Michael and Mary sent their children to northern schools for their education.

Michael Healy joined his brothers in the north where they attended a Quaker school in Flushing, New York. In 1850 Michael joined his brothers at Holy Cross. In 1854 Michael was sent to school in France in an attempt to curb his wild nature but he soon after ran away to sea, sailing for Calcutta on a British ship in July 1855. Healy became commanding officer of the cutters Chandler, Corwin, Bear, McCulloch and Theti. He was known as a legend for enforcing federal law along Alaska's 20,000 mile coastline. In 1880 he would go on to become the first African American to be assigned command of a US government ship.

Biography from "Overview of Healy Brothers" from the Bishop Healy Committee webpage on the College of the Holy Cross website.


0.23 Cubic Feet (1 document box)

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  • Report of the Cruise of the Revenue Marine Steamer Corwin in the Arctic Ocean in the Year 1884. By Capt. M.A. Healy, U.S.R.M., and Commander: Washington, Govt. Print. Off., 1889.

  • Report of the Cruise of the Revenue Marine Steamer Corwin in the Arctic Ocean in the Year 1885. By Capt. M. A. Healy, U. S. R. M., Commander: Washington, Govt. Print. Off., 1887.

  • Strobridge, Truman R., Alaska and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, 1867-1915 Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, c1999.

  • Uzoigwe, Chioma Ada, The Ship is Healy, “Hell Roaring Mike” The Forgotten Hero: Bloomfield, N.J., 1999

  • Williams, Gerald O., Michael J. Healy and the Alaska Maritime Frontier, 1880-1902, Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1988

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