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Faribault in Rice County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

The Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour

The Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour Marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, August 17, 2013
1. The Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour Marker
Inscription. One of the earliest missionary centers of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota and believed to be the first Episcopal cathedral built in the United States, the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour is also a monument to Henry Benjamin Whipple. Elected first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota in 1858 at the age of thirty-seven, Whipple soon became known as "Straight Tongue" by the Dakota and Ojibway Indians whose rights he worked to secure through the reform of U.S. Indian policies and an active Indian mission program. Speaking almost alone, it was Whipple who persuaded Abraham Lincoln to commute most of the sentences of Dakota men condemned to death after the conflict of 1862.

The cathedral developed out of work begun in 1858 by James Lloyd Breck. The cornerstone was laid on July 16, 1862. James Renwick, architect of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, is credited with the design. Envisioned as a gathering place for the Parish of the Good Shepherd, Seabury Divinity School, Shattuck, and St. Mary's Hall, the Faribault Cathedral was consecrated on June 24, 1869. The tower, designed by Ralph Adams Cram, architect of St. John the Divine in New York City, was added as a memorial to Bishop Whipple after his death in 1901. Whipple is buried in a crypt beneath the chancel. In 1941, St. Mark's in Minneapolis became the diocesan
The Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour - Postcard View image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
2. The Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour - Postcard View
cathedral. However, the "Bishop's Church in Faribault" remains the home of an active congregation and a place of pilgrimage in southern Minnesota.
Erected 1987 by Minnesota Historical Society.
Location. 44° 17.812′ N, 93° 16.238′ W. Marker is in Faribault, Minnesota, in Rice County. Marker is on 6th St NW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 2nd Ave NW, Faribault MN 55021, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Medford's Last Carriage Stone (approx. 8.6 miles away); Millersburg & the Northfield Bank Robbery (approx. 9 miles away); Christdala Swedish Lutheran Church 1877 (approx. 10.3 miles away); Nicolaus Gustafson (approx. 10.3 miles away); Nerstrand City Hall (approx. 10 miles away); A Flour Milling Revolution (approx. 10.7 miles away); Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza (approx. 12.2 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 12.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. History of the Cathedral. The church's website, which includes a history of the Cathedral. (Submitted on May 11, 2015.) 

2. Historic Faribault Stop 14 - Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour. A six minute video history of the Cathredral, as part of a longer serialized video walking tour of Faribault. (Submitted on May 11, 2015.) 
Categories. Churches & Religion
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2015, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 1, 2015, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota.   2. submitted on May 11, 2015. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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