Messmer, Sebastian

Messmer, Sebastian (Gebhard)

(1847–1930) Catholic prelate; born in Goldach, Switzerland. Ordained in 1871, he emigrated to the U.S.A. where he taught theology and became bishop of Green Bay, Wis. (1891), then archbishop of Milwaukee (from 1903). He exerted great influence among German Catholics in the Midwest.
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