1879-1909.Origination : Catholic Church. Diocese of Davenport (Iowa)
Apparently a gift from Bishop Davis to James Edwards, 1909.
Catholic Church. Diocese of Davenport (Iowa) Collection (DDA), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556
A 65-page handwritten manuscript of a biography of John McMullen by an unknown author; two newspaper clippings about the death of Chicago's bishop Thomas Patrick Foley and McMullen's appointment as administrator of the diocese of Chicago; one newspaper clipping about Davenport's "new Bishop" McMullen; two newspaper clippings about the death of McMullen in 1883.
Also two bulls of appointment for Henry Cosgrove as bishop of Davenport, one from the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide and one from Pope Leo XIII; a letter from Cosgrove to Mr. Francis X. Reuss, October 22, 1884; a picture of an unidentified clergyman; and a letter from J.P. Stahl, secretary for Bishop Davis, to James Edwards (ca. 1909) sent along with the bulls of appointment.
John McMullen, formerly administrator of the diocese of Chicago, was consecrated Davenport's first bishop in 1881. He was succeeded in 1884 by Henry Cosgrove, Rector of St. Margaret's Cathedral, Davenport, the first American-born bishop west of the Mississippi. Cosgrove served a 22-year episcopate, being succeeded in 1906 by co-adjutor bishop James Davis.