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FOLEY, John Samuel, R. C. bishop, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 5 November, 1833. He was graduated at St. Mary's college, Baltimore, in 1850. studied theology there and in Rome, and was ordained a priest, 20 December, 1856. After filling several appointments in Maryland, he was commissioned by Archbishop Spalding to establish a slew congregation in the western part of Baltimore, and built for it the Church of St. 5Iartin, one of the finest in the city, also taking an active interest in educational matters. Dr. Foley was employed on important private missions by Archbishop Spalding and Cardinal Gibbons, and had much influence in the Baltimore council of 1884. He was appointed to the see of Detroit 5 August 1888. He is a brother of Thomas Foley, bishop of Chicago (q. v.).
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