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Fulton J. Sheen
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Religious Figure
    (May 8, 1895-December 9, 1979)
    Born in El Paso, Illinois
    Birth name was Peter John Sheen
    Auxiliary Bishop of New York (1951-65)
    Bishop of Rochester (1966-69)
    Titular Archbishop of Newport, Wales (1969-79)
    Hosted the radio program 'The Catholic Hour' (1930-50)
    Hosted the TV shows 'Life Is Worth Living' (Dumont and ABC, 1951-57) and 'The Fulton Sheen Program' (syndicated, 1961-68)
    Won an Emmy for Outstanding Television Personality (1953)
    Inspired Ramon Estevez to adopt the stage name Martin Sheen
    He was dismissed from his high school debate team for being a poor speaker.
    While teaching at Catholic University in Washington, DC, he invented a second doctorate for himself.
    He feuded with Francis Cardinal Spellman about disbursing funds from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
    By demonstrating how well TV and religion could combine, he paved the way for hordes of televangelists.
    He was the first American to win the Cardinal Mercier Prize for International Philosophy.
    Most of his life, he worked nineteen hours a day, seven days a week.
    As Bishop of Rochester, he took on the city's largest employer, Kodak, over its discriminatory employment policies.
    In his Emmy acceptance speech, he said, 'I would like to thank my writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.'

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