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columnist , educator , writer

Abigail Quigley McCarthy was an American academic and writer, best known as the wife of politician and presidential contender Eugene McCarthy.


McCarthy, Abigail Quigley was born on April 16, 1915 in Wabasha, Minnesota, United States. Daughter of Stephen Michael and Mary Cecelia (O'Leary) Quigley.


Abigail Quigley graduated as a Phi Beta Kappa from the College of St. Catherine (now St Catherine University) in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1936. She received her M.A. from the in 1942 and did postgraduate work at the University of Chicago and the Middlebury School of English.


Teacher Mandan (North Dakota) High School, 1936-1939. Assistant professor England College St. Catherine, St. Paul, 1939-1946. Columnist Commonweal Magazine, New York City, from 1974, Religious News Service, New York Times Syndicate, 1992-1994.

Board directors National Committee Study of Electorate, Dreyfus Corporation, director emeritus. President Herald Communications, Ltd. Past chairman board Carroll Public Company.

Poynter lecturer Indiana University. Collition lecturer University Pacific. Audenshaw lecturer Chicago University.

Lecturer Harvard University, Fordham University, Bryn Mawr University, Georgetown University, Hunter University, University Southern California, University Scranton, Boston College, Clarke College, Stephens University, Trinity University, others.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (memoir) Private Faces/Public Places, (novels) Circles, A Washington Story, One Woman Lost. Co-author Minnesota Women, At the Edge of Hope, Emergency: First Lady Without Precedent, Why Catholic?.


Founding president Clearinghouse Women's Issues. Member first advising committee Women's Equity Action League and Women's Political Caucus. Former member Bishops' Committee Education, Ecumenism.

Former vice president Church Women United, United States of America. Board directors National Conference Interracial Justice. Member Washington Indiana Writers Organisation (member of advisory board), Cosmos Club, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Eugene Joseph McCarthy, June 25, 1945 (separated 1970). Children: Ellen Anne, Mary Abigail, Michael Benet, Margaret Alice.

Stephen Michael Quigley

Mary Cecelia (O'Leary) Quigley

Eugene Joseph McCarthy

Ellen Anne McCarthy

Mary Abigail McCarthy

Michael Benet McCarthy

Margaret Alice McCarthy