Biography of John J. Sweeney
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JOHN J. SWEENEY, assistant cashier of the National Bank of Arizona, was born in Australia in 1859, but he came to America before he was one year old, and so may be considered practically an American. His parents, John and Catherine Arno Sweeney, came to San Francisco in 1860, and he had the benefit of the common schools of California, as well as three years in Saint Mary's College in San Francisco. Shortly after this, he came to Arizona and has taken a leading role in the commercial, financial and civic life since that time, but he is best known as a banker. He started in as bookkeeper at the National Bank of Arizona and was promoted from time to time until he reached his present position, that of senior assistant cashier, in 1898. He is the general agent of the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company, and is also connected with a number of the prominent commercial enterprises of this city. For a number of years he was proprietor of several meat markets with headquarters in Phoenix, and this venture, like the others with which he has been affiliated, was entirely successful. He is one of the best known fraternal men in the Southwest, and is Past Grand Master of the F. & A. M. of Arizona; Past Grand High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons of Arizona; Past Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Arizona; Past Potentate of the Shrine of Arizona. and Past Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Sweeney has always taken much interest in the betterment of school affairs and for a number of years served as school trustee. He was united in marriage to Miss H. Lillian Kelly, December 21, 1887, and they are the parents of two children, Mrs. J. B. Rice and Paul Sweeney.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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