"About the Book A masterful biography that brings to life the experiences that shaped John Ireland's views and describes the battles that marked his career as the first archbishop of St. Paul, Minnesota. Book Synopsis ""O'Connell presents an excellent biography of the first archbishop of St. Paul, Minnesota, who rose from poverty to be an internationally known clerical figure and friend of presidents. . . . Well written and well researched, this biography brings to life an important figure in American religious history. Rmended.""--Library Journal"