Spellman, Francis Joseph, 1889-1967, American Roman Catholic cardinal, b. Whitman, Mass. Educated at Fordham Univ. and the American College at Rome, he was ordained May 14, 1916. He was a parish priest in Roxbury, Mass., held various offices in the Boston archdiocese, and was the first American assistant to the papal secretariat of state (1925). He was named (1932) auxiliary bishop of Boston and succeeded (1939) after the death of Cardinal Hayes to the archdiocese of New York. He was elevated to cardinal by Pope Pius XII in 1946.

See biographies by R. I. Gannon (1962) and W. Steibel (1966).

Spellman is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Alonzo Spellman (b. 1971), American professional football player
  • Alyssa Spellman (contemporary), American beauty queen; Miss America contestant 2005
  • Benny Spellman (b. 1931), American rhythm and blues singer
  • Eugene P. Spellman (1930–1991), American attorney and federal judge 1979–91
  • Francis Spellman (1889–1967), American Roman Catholic archbishop of New York 1939–67
  • Frank Spellman (b. 1922), American Olympic weightlifter
  • Gladys Spellman (1918–1988), American politician from Maryland; U.S. representative 1975–81
  • Jack Spellman (b. 1899, d. unknown), American professional football player
  • John Spellman (1899–1966), American Olympic wrestler
  • John Spellman (b. 1926), American politician from Washington; governor of Washington 1981–85
  • Leora Spellman (1890–1945), American vaudeville performer and stage and film actor
  • Michael Spellman (b. 1978), American film, television, and stage actor

See also Spelman College

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