He was born in Pennsylvania as the fourth of ten children. He studied in Montreal, Pennsylvania and Rome, where he made his doctor. He was ordained a priest in 1890. He was bishop of Nueva Segovia, Philippines, from 1903 to 1908; bishop of Jaro, Philippines from 1908 to 1915; bishop of Buffalo from 1916 to 1918 and finally archbishop of Philadelphia from 1918 to 1951. Elevated to the cardinalate in the consistory of March 7th 1921. "The Great Builder", as he was called, died from a stroke shortly after celebrating a mass marking the sixty-first anniversary of his priestly ordination.
At Villanova University in procession...
... and with archbishop Spellman of New York. Both photos were taken in 1942 on the occasion of Villanova's centennial celebrations.
Somewhere in France. I love the French canon on the right.