William Hickley Gross, Third Archbishop of Oregon City - c. 1885


William Hickley Gross, Third Archbishop of Oregon City - Napolean Sarony

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William Hickely Gross served as the Third Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oregon City from 1885 through 1898. He had previously been the Bishop of Savannah for twelve years.

During his tenure in Oregon he dedicated St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland, founded the Sisters of St. Mary, and opened Mt. Angel College. In 1895 he ordained the first native Oregonian priest, Arthur Lane, the grandson of the Mexican–American War general and Oregon politician Joseph Lane.

Archbishop Gross fell ill while giving a retreat in Annapolis, and died in Baltimore in 1898 at the age of 61. He was known as "the silver tongued orator of the hierarchy."

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1280
Photographer Napolean Sarony
Location Oregon City, Clackamas County, New York
Subject Portraits
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Cabinet Card
Size of Original 4.0 x 5.5 inches
Photographer's Number No