American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, who served as Archbishop of Boston from 1944 to 1970.
He originally wanted to be a politician and would even earn money by speaking for politicians from the back of wagon.
He helped foster a better relationship between the Church and the Jewish community and was a key figure in officially absolving the Jew of deicide charge.
His parents were both Irish immigrants.
He helped presidential candidate John F. Kennedy deflect fears of papal interference in American government, a common fear amongst Americans at the time.