Biography of John J. Kavanaugh
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Kavanaugh, John Joseph, was born in East Taunton, January 2, 1849, a son of Thomas and Catherine (Clifford) Kavanaugh. His early education was obtained in the public schools of Taunton and after the close of his studies he entered the O. C. Iron Co. to learn to make shovels; he served his apprenticeship in that department and was then promoted to where the steel is prepared for the shovels and remained there until 1873, when he went to Providence to work in the steel department of the Providence Tool Company, who made a specialty of manufacturing guns. In 1876 he returned to Taunton and went as an assistant in the State Hospital for a short time and then engaged in the livery business with his brothers. In 1880 he engaged in the wholesale liquor business, which he is still engaged in. He was a member of the City Council in 1895, 1896 and 1897, and a member of the Board of Aldermen in 1898. He is senior past chief ranger of Court Elizabeth Poole, F. of A.; supreme paymaster general K. S. F. F. of A.; treasurer of Division Five, A. O. H., and a member of the B. P. O. E. February 16, 1871. Mr. Ravanaugh married Catherine, daughter of Matthew and Jane (O'Brien) Kelly.

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Bristol County, Massachusetts
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