|Archbishop Michael Augustine|
Corrigan was installed as Archbishop of New York and moved into McCloskey’s Mansion in 1885. While Catholics were still not accepted in the “400,” Corrigan was anxious to win the favor of the WASP upper classes and embraced their political and economic philosophy—even though that meant not looking after the temporal interests of his flock—all but of a few of whom were immigrant laborers of the poorest sort. When Dr. Edward McGlynn, Pastor of Saint Stephens on East 28th Street, a priest who was probably the most popular Catholic preacher in the City of New York, endorsed Henry George, the candidate of the United Labor Party and supported by the more radical and socialist elements of New York Politics, for mayor, Corrigan went wild and excommunicated McGlynn. Despite his excommunication, the sympathy of the Catholic New Yorker-in-the-street went with McGlynn. The immigrant New York faithful never warmed to their new Archbishop. Moreover, Corrigan’s economic views put him in conflict with Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore, a strong champion of the labor movement. Gibbons had the Pope’s (Leo XIII) ear and while Corrigan may have defended the interests of the Protestant ascendancy, Gibbon’s influence probably cost Corrigan a Cardinal’s hat. Corrigan died in 1902 of pneumonia and is buried in the crypt of the Archbishop’s of New York in St Patrick’s Cathedral.