Pat McNamara recently wrote an article for the popular web portal Patheos, about the founder of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, Fr. Edward Dominic Fenwick OP, who was later to become the first bishop of Ohio.
By 1800, Americans were moving westward by the thousands, settling the untamed backwoods of Kentucky. Barely a generation had passed since Daniel Boone guided the first white settlers there. Only a few years earlier had the bloody Indian wars ended. Here, in 1805, the centuries-old Dominican Order established its first house in North America, a simple log-cabin like the one Abraham Lincoln would be born in a few years later. Its founder was Edward Fenwick: teacher, pastor, frontier missionary, and Ohio’s first Catholic bishop.
See the whole article: The Apostle of Ohio: Bishop Edward Dominic Fenwick OP
See also Edward Dominic Fenwick: Open to God by Bro. Bonaventure Chapman OP