1928 - He was born on the 2nd of April in Columbia, South Carolina.
1952 - He was ordained as priest of the Diocese of Charleston.
1966 - He was appointed Titular Bishop of Ligura and Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia.
- He was ordained as bishop on the 26th of April.
1968 - He resigned as auxiliary bishop of Atlanta.
1972 - He became General Secretary of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
1982 - He was appointed Archbishop of Cincinnati, Ohio.
1983 - He elevated to Cardinal on the 2nd of February.
1996 - He was appointed Archbishop of Chicago.
- He served as archbishop until his death on 14th of November from pancreatic cancer.
1997 - He wrote memoir "The Gift of Peace".
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