Joseph Melcher

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Joseph Melcher
Bishop of Green Bay
In office 1868-1873
Ordination March 27, 1830
Consecration July 12, 1868
Personal details
Born (1806-03-19)March 19, 1806
Vienna, Austria
Died December 20, 1873(1873-12-20) (aged 67)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Nationality Austrian
Denomination Roman Catholic

Joseph Melcher (March 19, 1806 – December 20, 1873) was an Austrian-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin.[1]


Born in Vienna, Austria, he was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on March 27, 1830 for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.

On March 3, 1868, Pope Pius IX appointed him the first Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese and he was consecrated bishop on July 12, 1868.[2]

Bishop Melcher died in Green Bay, Wisconsin.[3] Four years after his death, his remains were reported to be incorrupt.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bishop Joseph Melcher". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. [self-published source]
  2. ^ "Bishop of Green Bay". The Daily Milwaukee News. July 16, 1868. p. 4. Retrieved April 16, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Bishop Melcher". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. December 22, 1877. p. 4. Retrieved April 16, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Green Bay
1868 – 1873
Succeeded by
Francis Xavier Krautbauer