American Towns Named After Protestant “Saints”

Everyone knows that Protestants do not venerate saints. Nevertheless, sometimes they canonize their own by naming places after some local denizen that they feel deserves the title. At least five cities in the U.S.A. testify to the rather strange anomaly: St. Paul, Texas, is named after W.H. Paul; St. James, Missouri, is named after Thomas James; St. Thomas, Pennsylvania, is named after Thomas Campbell; St. Joe, Texas, is named after Joe Howell; and Saint Michael, Nebraska, is named after Mike Kyne. Catholics are not totally innocent in this regard: Saint Edward, Nebraska, is named after the uncanonized Catholic priest, Edward Serrels.