William Turner (bishop of Buffalo)

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William Turner (April 8, 1871—July 10, 1936) was an Irish-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, New York from 1919 to 1936.


William Turner was born at Kilmallock, Ireland.[1] He received his education at Mungret College in Limerick, at the Royal University of Ireland, and at the Propaganda College in Rome.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood on August 13, 1893.[2] The following year he began his career as a professor at St. Paul's Seminary.[1] He later became professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of America.[1]

On March 10, 1919, Turner was appointed the sixth Bishop of Buffalo, New York by Pope Benedict XV.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following March 30 from Cardinal James Gibbons, with Bishops Denis J. O'Connell and Michael Joseph Curley serving as co-consecrators.[2]

Bishop Turner began Catholic Charities in 1924, and established more than 30 new parishes during his administration.[3] He died at age 65.


  1. ^ a b c d O'Donnell, John Hugh (1922). The Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1790-1922. Washington, D.C. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop William Turner". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  3. ^ "Most Rev. William Turner". Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Dennis Joseph Dougherty
Bishop of Buffalo
1919 – 1936
Succeeded by
John A. Duffy