George W. Mundelein

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Birthday
2, 1872
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Oct 2, 1939 (67)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
2, 1872
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Oct 2, 1939 (67)

About

Chicago's first cardinal who was called God's Bricklayer for forming the city's first archdiocese: a network of churches, catholic schools and convents.

Before Fame

After his formal religious education in New and Pennsylvania, he was ordained in Rome and came to Chicago as an archbishop.

Trivia

He standardized Chicago's school system, mandating education in English - where before school instruction was carried out in a hodge-podge of languages.

Family Life

He was born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the fourth-generation American descendant of German immigrants.

Associated With

George Carey, another ambitious archbishop, led England's catholics for the better part of the 1990s and 2000s.