HON. JOHN JAMES DUNNIGAN - For some two decades The Bronx has been the scene of the very successful professional
activities as an architect on the part of Mr. Dunnigan. Though some of his work has been done in other parts of
New York City, most of it, in recent years, has been devoted to the development and building up of The Bronx, where
he is widely known and very highly regarded, not only as a very able architect, but also as a very useful citizen
of great public spirit and long and effective experience in public affairs. Elected for the first time as a State
Senator in November, 1914, he has been reelected continuously ever since, and in 1926 was serving his sixth successive
term, a record which is exceeded only by five other members of the New York Senate now in service.
John James Dunnigan was born September 6, 1883, at No. 337 East Twenty second Street, Manhattan, a son of James
and Mary (Bergen) Dunnigan. He was educated in both the public and parochial schools, attending at first a public
school in Manhattan, then St. Monica's Parochial School on Eightieth Street and Second Avenue, later Bronx Public
School, No. 3, at One Hundred and Sixty ninth Street and Third Avenue, and finally Morris High School at Boston
Road and One Hundred and Sixty sixth Street, The Bronx. After leaving school he went to work, but for the next
five years continued his education by taking the night course in architecture at Cooper Union, Fourth Avenue and
Eighth Street, Manhattan. Graduating there in 1906, he began his career as an architect and rapidly gained recognition
and a very high standing in his profession. In recent years he has also built up, as an adjunct to his professional
activities, a very substantial bond and mortgage business, with offices located at No. 2382 Grand Concourse, The
In politics, Mr. Dunnigan is a supporter of the Democratic party, and he has found it possible, in spite of the
heavy demands made for many years upon his time and energy by his constantly increasing professional and business
interests, to give much attention to politics and public affairs. He is considered one of the most popular and
useful men in the public life of The Bronx and has been a member of the New York State Senate ever since 1915.
His first election occurred in November, 1914, and since then he has been reelected consistently at the expiration
of each of his terms of office, a record the more remarkable because his high and responsible office has always
come to him without solicitation on his part. In the Senate he has proven himself a most able and conscientious
public servant, rendering notable services not only to his own constituency and to Bronx County, but also to the
State at large. During the World War he was a member of the important Senate committee on the War, while during
the 1925-1926 session, the one hundred and fortyeighth session, he served as a member of the Senate committees
on finance, public service, insurance, and banks. He is a member of St. Raymond's Council, No. 871, Knights of
Columbus; the New York Society of Architects; and the Chippewa Democratic Club.
Mr. Dunnigan married, in 1910, in The Bronx, Margaret Gilligan, a daughter of Bernard and Margaret Gilligan. Mr.
and Mrs. Dunnigan are the parents of four children: Margaret, James, Ruth, and Joseph. The family residence is
located at No. 2715 Grand Concourse, The Bronx.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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