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Black and white sketch of Edward Fitzgerald, including biographical narrative.


40 years a bishop

Edw. Fitzgerald

"The best loved of Catholic bishops" was born 1833 in Ireland.. In 1867 he was appointed bishop of Little Rock, a diocese which had no bishop for five years.. He spent a year in visiting settlements all over the state.. He found 2 Catholic schools, 5 priests and 1600 Catholics in the 238,000 Sq. miles of his territory.. In the '70s he established settlements and churches at Conway and Atkins... In 1876 the Abbey in Logan County, now Subiaco, was founded.

St. Andrew's Cathedral

From 1890 to 1900 Bishop Fitzgerald churches at Morrilton, Jonesboro, Paragould, etc.. Built St. Andrews Cathedral at Little Rock 1881.. St. Vincent's Hospital.. He died at Hot Springs Feb. 21, 1907, having been bishop in Arkansas 40 years.. When he died the diocese had 60 priests, 250 sisters and 70 churches. He attended Vatican council in Rome and was one of the two bishops who voted against declaration of papal infallibility, giving rise to the saying: "Petricula Contra Petram" ("Little Rock against the big rock")

Physical Description

Document, 11" x 14"




MS.000379, Image 26

Resource Type



Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, MS.000379


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

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Edward Fitzgerald, Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: biographical sketches, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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