Patrick Neison Lynch (1817-1882) was the Irish-born third Catholic bishop of Charleston, South Carolina and a prominent slaveowner, having ninety-five slaves. He was appointed by Jefferson Davis, the Confederate President to go to Rome to seek the recognition of the southern breakaway states by the Vatican or more correctly the Papal States, as it was then.
In a newspaper report of a lecture(a) that he gave in 1867, Lynch declared “I shall take it as an established fact that America was peopled by the sons of Japheth.” whom he named more specifically as the Phoenicians. He also clearly attributed the ancient exploitation of the Michigan copper to the Phoenicians.
Lynch also identified America as Plato’s Atlantis, although he does not at any point refer to the Phoenicians as Atlanteans..