ARCHBISHOP JOHN HUGHES, a cel ebrated Catholic clergyman, was born at Annaboghan, Tyrone county, Ireland, June
24, 1797, and emigrated to America when twenty years of age, engaging for some time as a gardener and nurseryman.
In 1819 he entered St. Mary's College, where he secured an education, paying his way by caring for the college
garden. In 1825 he was ordained a deacon of the Roman Catholic church, and in the same year, a priest. Until 1838
he had pastoral charges in Philadelphia, where he founded St. John's Asylum in 1829, and a few years later established
the "Catholic Herald." In 1838 he was made bishop of Basileopolis in partibus and coadjutor to Bishop
Dubois, of New York, and in 1842 became bishop of New York. In 1839 he founded St. John's College, at Fordham.
In 1850 he was made archbishop of New York. In 1861-2 he was a special agent of the United States in Europe, after
which he returned to this country and remained until his death, January 3, 1864. Archbishop Hughes early attracted
much attention by his controversial correspondence with Rev. John Breck inridge in 1833-35. He was a man of great
ability, a fluent and forceful writer and an. able preacher.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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