Biography of Thomas J. Meaney
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Meaney, Thomas J., dealer in real estate, was born in the city of Cork, Ireland, July 12, 1844, a son of Daniel and Mary (Sexton) Meaney. His father was a steam boat engineer on a line from Cork to Liverpool, and his mother conducted a variety store on King street in Cork for several years. His education was limited, being confined to a few terms in the Christian Brothers' school in Cork. When he was twelve years old he succeeded in making his passage to St. Johns, New Brunswick, and from there went to Boston, and later to Quincy, where he remained about two years. He then began to make fishing voyages to the Grand Banks, and in the winter season went South to work as an oysterman. In 1862 he went into the United States Revenue service, shipping on a revenue cutter, and in 1S65 he went into the employ of the Armstrong & Hotchkiss line of packet ships to the West Indies, where he became a mate in the service. In 1868 he came to New Bedford and re entered the revenue service, remaining in it about four years. In 1872 he was appointed to the New Bedford police force and served one year in Mayor Dunbar's administration, and later two years under Mayor Abram H. Howland. For the last sixteen years he has been in the real estate business. Mr. Meaney has been the architect of his own fortunes and, having come to this country a friendless youth, his success is all the more remarkable. He has always been a staunch Democrat and has been active in Democratic political circles, having been for several years district member of the Thirteenth Congressional District of the Democratic Committee. He represented Ward 6 one time in the Common Council and he has served as president of the St. Lawrence Catholic Temperance Society for seven years, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and treasurer of the New Bedford Literary Association, and a member of the Irish American Historical Society. He married, in 1868, Mary McAuliffe, late of New Bedford. Seven children were born to them, four of whom survive: John J. Mary E., Alice C. and Agnes G.

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A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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