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Term: Haas, Francis Joseph 1889 - 1953


Catholic priest, bishop, professor, author, labor-relations consultant, b. Racine. He studied at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, and in 1913 was ordained in the Catholic priesthood. He was assistant pastor of the Holy Rosary Church, Milwaukee (1913-1915), and from 1915 to 1919 taught English at St. Francis Seminary. He graduated from the Catholic Univ. of America in Washington, D.C. (Ph.D., 1922), and was professor of sociology at St. Francis Seminary and a member of the social science faculty at Marquette Univ. (1922-1931). Haas was director of the National Catholic School for Social Service in Washington, D.C. (1931-1935), rector of St. Francis Seminary (1935-1937), dean of social sciences at the Catholic Univ. of America (1937-1943), and bishop of the diocese of Grand Rapids, Mich. (1943-1953). An expert in labor relations, Haas served on numerous federal boards and commissions during the depression and New Deal era, including the labor advisory board of the NRA (1933-1935). In 1943 he was appointed chairman of the Fair Employment Practices Commission, served on the Department of Labor's special conciliation board during World War II, and on various other peace and welfare boards and committees. He was the author of Shop Collective Bargaining (1922) and Man and Society (1930), a sociology textbook, as well as other works on labor and industry. Who's Who in Amer., 21 (1940); Current Biog. (1943, 1953); Milwaukee Journal, Aug. 29, 1953.

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[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]
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