Biography of John Keenan
Erie County, NY Biographies


Keenan, John, Buffalo, son of John and Mary Keenan, was born in county Limerick, Ireland, in May, 1836, and in 1846 came with his parents to Montreal, Canada, where his father died. Soon afterward the mother with her four sons and a daughter, removed to Toronto, and thence to Buffalo, where she died in 1876 at her home on Prospect avenue. The support of the family largely devolved upon Mr. Keenan and his early education therefore was limited. When fourteen he began to learn the trade of a brick mason, at which he soon became expert and which he followed several years. He engaged in contracting and building and among the structures he erected were Bishop Ryan's house on Franklin street and the Fargo mansion, the latter being at the time the best private dwelling in the city. He also did the mason work on the State Hospital and Christ's (now Trinity) chapel. He built his fine brick residence at No. 342 Front avenue in 1872. In 1879 he retired largely. from active business. He has always been a prominent Democrat, but has never aspired to office. He married Mary Donovan of Buffalo, and they have four sons and five daughters living.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Trumen C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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