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19495  Archbishop of New York John Hughes  CDV
of the first Archbishop of NY who presided over a
period of explosive  growth for Catholicism in NY.  
He was regarded as “the best known, if not the best
loved” Catholic bishop in the country.  He became
known as “Dagger John” both for his following the
Catholic practice wherein a bishop precedes his
signature with a cross, as well as for his aggressive
personality.  He founded St John’s College (now
Fordham University) and began the construction of
the current St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth
Avenue.  At that time it was in a still-rural part of
Manhattan and was dubbed “Hughes’ Folly” by the
press.  Ultimately his foresight proved providential
for its location in midtown Manhattan. Backmark
E. Anthony, New York.  $30