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".