They met on the deck of the Empire of Troy, the largest and most elegant steamboat on the Hudson River in 1849. He was eighteen, a notorious, unschooled Irish Catholic brawler serving as a deckhand and enforcer on the 1,000 passenger steamship, captained by Susannah's father. She was fourteen, Protestant, and scheduled to board at Emma Willard's Troy Female Seminary that fall. A chance encounter during the downriver trip lit a spark that would eventually become an unlikely romance and marriage that would fuel and satisfy their powerful ambitions.
Enjoy period romance, stories of success against all odds, gritty tales of New York City in the mid-19th Century, the rise of popular sports and gambling, the impact of unprecedented (and disruptive) technical innovation, and the struggles of Irish Catholic immigrants? This book should keep you turning pages.
Welcome to AMBITIONS, Volume I. Thanks for joining!
Frank is a retired photo print industry consultant who lives in Eagle, Idaho, with his wife, Pat. Upon retirement in 2018, Frank made it a priority to focus on his late father's hope to expand awareness of the extraordinary life of John Morrissey. Toward that, my father devoted years of painstaking research. He feared his efforts would "wind up in a landfill."
Well, Dad, here's Volume One of AMBITIONS. Thanks for trusting me with your passion project.