The New International Encyclopædia/Heiss, Michael

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HEISS, hīs, Michael (1818-90). An American prelate, Archbishop of Milwaukee. He was born at Pfahldorf, Bavaria, studied at Munich, and was ordained in 1840. Two years later he came to the United States, engaged in missionary work in Kentucky and Ohio, and afterwards at Milwaukee, where he founded the Seminary of Saint Francis, of which he was first rector. He was consecrated first Bishop of La Crosse, Wis., in 1868, and established Saint John's College and other schools in his diocese. In 1880 he was appointed coadjutor to the Archbishop of Milwaukee, and two years later became second Archbishop. He was a member of the Vatican Council of 1869-70.