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GALLAGHER, Nicholas Aloysius, R. C. bishop, born in Temperanceville, Belmont County, Ohio, 19 February, 1846. He was educated at Mount St. Mary's of the West, and, after finishing his theological studies, was ordained priest at Columbus in 1868. In 1869 he was stationed at St. Patrick's Church, Columbus, attending at the same time the chapel of St. Joseph's cathedral. In 1872 he was appointed president of the seminary of St. Aloysius, near Columbus, and, when Bishop Rosecrans fixed his residence at St. Joseph's, he was made pastor of St. Patrick's and vicar-general of the diocese of Columbus. He was administrator of the see during the vacancy from October, 1878, to August, 1880. He was next named titular bishop of Canopus, and appointed administrator of the diocese of Galveston. He was consecrated, 30 April, 1882. Bishop Gallagher has done much to restore order in the diocese intrusted to his care, but finds difficulty in keeping pace with the tide of emigration flowing into Texas. In 1884 there were forty priests, fifty Churches and chapels, several female academies conducted by Ursuline nuns and others, and about 38,000 Roman Catholics under his jurisdiction.
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