Friday, December 14, 2007

Wlodimir (Vladimir) Ledochowski Family Maryland, U.S. Political Connection

According to a Baltimore, Maryland newspaper

Perhaps you have read that the new Black Pope of Rome, the general of the Jesuits, has just been elected and that he is Vladimir Ledochowski, a very near cousin of the family. Everyone is so pleased. It is odd that he has the same name as my husband.
from a 1915 letter by Countess Louise (Warfield) Ledochowski
The newspaper article featuring the above illustration reported that the man that married Louise Warfield (daughter of Edwin Warfield, Governor of the State of Maryland from 1904-1908) in 1913 was the son of Count Leon Ledochowski (whereas he man that became black pope in 1915 was the son of Anthony Ledochowski- picture below left).

top illustration, below illustration, and above quote from Baltimore, Maryland newspaper clippings from the University of Maryland Special Collections

His Eminence James Cardinal Gibbons (23 July 1834 - 24 March 1921) was an American prelate, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Baltimore from 1877 until his death. In 1886 he became the second man from the United States to be made a cardinal. He served as Cardinal-Priest for Santa Maria in Trastevere basilica in Rome.

More at Wikipedia

Gibbons advocated the creation, was among the founders, and served as the first Chancellor of The Catholic University of America.


Halka said...


I have quite a lot information on the Ledochowski family and especially on Wladimir Ledochowski.
Did you know that Timotheus Ledochowski was the favourite educater of the later Austrian Emperor Kaiser Franz Joseph and his brother Maximlia, Kaiser of Mexiko? And Wladimir's Cousin was the personal adjutant of the last Austrian Emperor Kaiser Karl. He even accompanied the royal family to their exile.
If you have any questions regarding the Ledochowski family then I am your guy!



Douglas A. Willinger said...

Hi Halka!

Welcome to Continuing Counter Reformation!

How exactly were the two Wlodimir Ledochowskis related? Was Leon Ledochowski a younger brother of Mieczyslaw and Anthony?

Douglas A. Willinger said...


It has been months, with no return visit.

Is not Halka a Ledochowski family name?

I do know that a Ledochowski family exists, that they have a web site, and that Continuing Counter Reformation has had visitors from Austria where the family has members.

How about some more info?