Archbishop John Hughes (1797–1864)

Bishop, Archbishop of New York, 1842–1864

Born in Ireland, Hughes emigrated with his family in 1816. He was ordained by Bishop Conwell in St. Joseph's Church, Philadelphia. As the first archbishop of New York, he was a major figure in American culture and politics. One of his final acts as head of the archdiocese was to help to quell the city's Civil War draft riots.

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Catholic Encyclopedia


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