Joseph Melcher
Bishop of Green Bay
In office1868-1873
OrdinationMarch 27, 1830
ConsecrationJuly 12, 1868
Personal details
Born(1806-03-19)March 19, 1806
Vienna, Austria
DiedDecember 20, 1873(1873-12-20) (aged 67)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
DenominationRoman 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


  1. ^ "Bishop Joseph Melcher". David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 21, 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
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Bishop Melcher". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. December 22, 1877. p. 4. Retrieved April 16, 2015 – via open access
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Green Bay
1868 – 1873
Succeeded by
Francis Xavier Krautbauer
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