Father Edward Flanagan, Roman Catholic parish priest born in Roscommon, Ireland. He came to the U.S. in 1904 to receive his education, and was ordained in 1912. Flanagan served churches in Nebraska from 1912-16. Feeling an increasing need to help boys before they became hardened in crime and believing there was “no such thing as a bad boy,” Flanagan organized his Home for Homeless Boys outside Omaha, Nebraska, renaming it Boys Town in 1922. It was his aim to develop character in the boys by supplementing vocational training with social and religious education.