Dagger john puts hughes squarely in the middle of the political social and ecclesiastical context of his times the result is an engagingly written and fair appraisal of the feisty archbishop the result is an engagingly written and fair appraisal of the feisty archbishop. However in this new biography of the most significant us catholic leader from the mid 19th century dagger john archbishop john hughes and the making of irish america john loughery not only . John joseph hughes june 24 1797 january 3 1864 was an irish born prelate of the roman catholic church in the united states he was the fourth bishop and first archbishop of the archdiocese of new york serving between 1842 and his death in 1864 and founded fordham university in 1841. He was john joseph hughes an irish immigrant gardener who became the first catholic archbishop of new york how he accomplished his task can teach us volumes about the solution to our own end of the millennium social problems. John loughery is the author of the recently published dagger john archbishop john hughes and the making of irish america an earlier biography john sloan painter and rebel was a finalist for
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