James Edward Quigley

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Right Reverend
James E. Quigley
Archbishop of Chicago
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Church Roman Catholic Church
See Chicago
In office January 8, 1903 – July 10, 1915
Predecessor Patrick Feehan
Successor George Cardinal Mundelein
Ordination April 13, 1879
Consecration February 24, 1897
Personal details
Born (1854-10-15)October 15, 1854
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Died July 10, 1915(1915-07-10) (aged 60)
Chicago, Illinois
Previous post Bishop of Buffalo

James Edward Quigley (October 15, 1854 – July 10, 1915) was a Canadian-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Buffalo, New York (1897–1903) and Archbishop of Chicago (1903–1915).


Early life and education[edit]

James Quigley was born in Oshawa, Ontario, and came to the United States with his parents at age 2, settling at Lima, New York.[1] After graduating from St. Joseph's College in 1872, he won a competitive examination for entrance into the United States Military Academy, but soon relinquished his military ambition to study for the priesthood.[2] He then entered Our Lady of Angels Seminary at Niagara Falls, New York, and later furthered his studies at the University of Innsbruck in Austria and College of Propaganda in Rome.[2]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

While in Rome, Quigley was ordained a priest on April 13, 1879.[3] Following his return to the United States, he served as pastor of St. Vincent's Church in Attica, New York until 1884, when he became pastor of St. Joseph's Cathedral in Buffalo.[1] He was transferred to St. Bridget's Church in the same city in 1886.[2]

Bishop of Buffalo[edit]

On December 12, 1896 he was appointed Bishop of Buffalo, where he was consecrated bishop on February 24, 1897.

Archbishop of Chicago[edit]

Bishop Quigley was appointed Archbishop of Chicago, on January 8, 1903 and installed March 10, 1903. He served as archbishop until his death at the age of 60.

Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago is named in his honor.


  1. ^ a b Waterman, Arba Nelson (1908). Historical Review of Chicago and Cook County. The Lewis Publishing Company. 
  2. ^ a b c "Archdiocese of Chicago". Catholic Encyclopedia. 
  3. ^ "Archbishop James Edward Quigley". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Patrick Augustine Feehan
Archbishop of Chicago
1903 - 1915
Succeeded by
George Mundelein
Preceded by
Stephen V. Ryan
Bishop of Buffalo
1897 – 1903
Succeeded by
Charles H. Colton