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James Cardinal Gibbons

 
 
James Cardinal Gibbons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, September 23, 2007
1. James Cardinal Gibbons Marker
Inscription. At this site, on July 23, 1834, was born America’s first Prince of the Church, James Cardinal Gibbons. Although world-renowned for the influence and profoundness of his thought he was always the parish priest striving for the salvation of souls. This plaque, dedicated to his memory on behalf of the people of Baltimore is erected by Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin, Governor of Maryland 1951–1959, Mayor of Baltimore 1943–1947 1963–1967.
 
Location. 39° 17.449′ N, 76° 36.552′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Gay Street and Fayette Street. Touch for map. Marker is behind urn across from the War Memorial Building. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tribute to Our Unsung Heroes (within shouting distance of this marker); Boundary Lines of Baltimore Town (within shouting distance of this marker); On This Location (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. (within shouting distance
James Cardinal Gibbons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 30, 2008
2. James Cardinal Gibbons Marker
of this marker); a different marker also named War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover Holliday Street: A Stage for Culture, Politics, and Worship (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore City Fire Department (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Regarding James Cardinal Gibbons. The Roman Catholic Archbishop (1834–1921), champion of the American labor movement, was named Cardinal on June 7, 1886. Cardinal Gibbons went on to become the first chancellor of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.
 
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James Cardinal Gibbons image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 27, 2015
3. James Cardinal Gibbons
Medallion by Joseph Maxwell Miller, 1919
Close-up of image on marker
Jacobvs Cardinalis Gibbons<br>Baltimorensis Archieposcopvs<br>Ætatis Suæ 70   Anno dom 1904 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2015
4. Jacobvs Cardinalis Gibbons
Baltimorensis Archieposcopvs
Ætatis Suæ 70   Anno dom 1904

This 1904 portrait of James Gibbons by Theobald Chartran hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Ordained a Catholic priest in 1861 and made a cardinal in 1887, James Gibbons was one of the most influential clerics of his day. While ‘he reigned in Baltimore like a king,’ a British admirer once wrote, ‘he met every men like a comrade.’ Gibbons's success in preventing papal condemnation of Catholic laborers participating In the Knights of Labor's struggle for improved working conditions was characteristic of his commitment to the working man. He was also instrumental in maintaining unity in an increasingly diverse American Catholic Church by promoting the acculturation of its foreign-born membership. A friend to several presidents, Gibbons was often called on for counsel on issues ranging from tariff policy to the acquisition of the Philippines. French artist Theobald Chartran's portrait of Gibbons captures the warmth that accounted in large part for his wide influence.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,739 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 24, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on April 30, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   3. submitted on October 2, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on December 1, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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