Reverend Guilherme Silveira da Gloria (? - ?) was From pages 239-240 of Portuguese Pioneers of the Sacramento Area:

GUILHERME SILVEIRA da GLORIA was born July 6, 1863, in Candelária, Pico, the youngest of 17 children of Manuel Silveira and Isabel Mariana da Gloria. At the age of 16 he decided to study for the priesthood, and was admitted to the seminary in Angra, Terceira, in 1880. There a fellow seminarian who had spent some time in California told him of the spiritual plight of Portuguese immigrants in the state, which prompted Gloria to write for acceptance at Mission San Jose Seminary in California to conclude his studies.

He left the Azores with his sisters, Isabel and Ana, entered the seminary at Mission San Jose, was ordained four weeks later, and said his first Mass July 18, 1885. A year earlier he combined his theologic studies with journalism, having become in 1894 part owner of 0 Amigo dos Catolicos newspaper with Hayward attorney Francisco Ignacio Lemos and Manuel S. Quaresma, and served as editor-in-chief until 1896.

Father Gloria traveled the state in missionary work, and then became pastor of parishes in San Leandro, San Pablo, and, in 1896, in West Oakland, where he was credited with building St. Joseph's, a Portuguese National Church, remaining there two and a half years. The church was demolished in the late 1960s to make room for a low-income housing complex.

In 1889, upon returning to California from the Paris World Exposition, he stopped in the Azores and brought back with him his sister Maria Josefina Gloria Dias, later the mother-in-law of Dr. Jose Leal Azevedo, and nephew John de Gloria, and nieces Isable Luis Mendonca, Amalia (Mrs. Jose Leal Azevedo), and Maria Josephine Gloria.

He left the priesthood in 1899 to marry a 23 year old dress maker, Ana Beatriz Collins of Santa Ana, Calif., daughter of Andrew Collins, an early-day miner. They had a child, William James Gloria, a brilliant young attorney who won national recognition in six criminal trials, and in defense of members of the Chinese community in San Francisco. The son died at age 39 on January 29, 1937, two weeks after his mother's death on January 14, 1937.

Meanwhile, Guilherme Gloria had moved to Sacramento and started the newspaper A Liberdade on October 1, 1900, moving the paper to Oakland in 1920 until 1937 when the paper was suspended following the sudden deaths of his wife and son. At one time it became a daily, the only Portuguese paper to become a daily. After the death of his wife and son, he returned to the seminary in 1937 and reentered the priesthood in San Francisco until his death January 18, 1943.

Though never having served as a priest in Sacramento, his identification with the area came with his role in organizing Freeport Council No. 3 of the IDES, which was named for him as the Gloria Council. He was also instrumental in starting the SPRSI. He joined UPEC No. 1 in San Leandro in 1888, and wrote the lyrics for the UPEC hymn.

Considered the greatest intellectual in the Portuguese community, and one of the outstanding orators of his time, at an early age he had shown his great talent for poetry, being published in various Azorean newspapers and in early-day Portuguese newspapers in California. In 1935 he published Poesias, a book of 84 poems and the epic poem "Cabrillo." In 1940 he published Harpejos, his last collection of poems. He translated from the English and French several novels.

[August Mark Vaz, The Portuguese in California, IDES, 1965; Carlos Almeida, Portuguese immigrants, UPEC, 1978; Manoel da Silveira Cardozo, The Portuguese in America 590 B.C.-1974, Oceana, 1976]

His Wife, Anna Beatriz Gloria 

Name: Anna Beatriz Gloria (wife of defrocked Priest)

Birth Date: 1 Nov 1872

Death Date: 14 Jan 1937

Cemetery: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

Burial or Cremation Place: Hayward, Alameda County, California, USA

Has Bio?: N

His son, William James Gloria 

Birth:  Jul. 15, 1897
Death:  Jan. 30, 1937

In Memory of
Anna Beatriz
Nov 1 1872 - Jan 14 1937
William James
Jul 15 1897 - Jan 30 1937
Requies in pace

Name: William James Gloria (only son of Priest, became a successful defense attorney for Chinese)

Birth Date: 15 Jul 1897 

Death Date: January 29, 1937 (two weeks after his mother's death on January 14, 1937.)

Birth Place: Oakland, California

Residence County: Sacramento

Race: White

Father's name: William Silreira Gloria

Mother's name: Anna Beatrice Gloria

URL: James Gloria

in the California, WWI Soldier Service Cards and Photos, 1917-1918

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Rabbit trail: From 1920 Census records, possibly married at age 21 to an older woman Nan M. Gloria, lived in San Joaquin County 


Relation to head Name Age
Head William J Gloria 21
Wife Nan M Gloria 26
Lodger Daniel J Mcmillan 43
Lodger Thomas Kempurs 25

Publication:Oakland Tribune iLocation:Oakland, California Issue  Date:Friday, December 19, 1930:Page 1 mentions: benefits of prosperity and escape prison between William J. Gloria a grand Jury indictment charging attorney for Lul Fook, accused of bearing the burdens of adversity. and exonerated of charges that he had misappropriated funds-