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David William Bacon

Born: Nov 5, 1813

Death: Jan 1, 1874

Birthplace: New York City

Nationality: United States

David William Bacon

Date of Birth : Nov 5, 1813
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1874
Birth Place : New York City

David William Bacon was the first Roman Catholic bishop of Portland, Maine. Bacon was born in New York City. He majored in classical studies at the Sulpician College at Montreal and studied theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was ordained a priest in Baltimore, Maryland on December 13, 1838. Returning to New York he served on the mission at Utica and Ogdensburg, and then in New York City and at Belleville, New Jersey. In 1841 he was sent to establish the third parish in Brooklyn, and for this bought the unfinished building begun in November 1831, as the "Independent Catholic Church" by the Rev. John Farnan, who had been suspended by Bishop John Dubois. It was completed and dedicated on June 10, 1842, under the patronage of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. In 1855 he was named first Bishop of Portland, and consecrated in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, on April 22, 1855. There were only six priests and eight churches in the Portland diocese, which at that time included the entire state of Maine. At his death the diocese contained 63 churches, 52 priests, 23 parish schools, and a Catholic population of about 80,000.

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