Biography of John F. Foran
Franklin County, NY Biographies





John Francis Foran. - One of the prominent members of the Franklin County Bar Association is John Francis Forman, who is successfully engaged in the practice of his profession at Chateaugay, and he is a member of one of the oldest and best known families in this section. He was born at Chateaugay, April 23, 1893, the son of Thomas and Catherine (Bonner) Foran.

Thomas Foran was born at Chateaugay in 1849. He spent his early life in the coal mines but later became interested in general farming in Franklin County. He died in 1914 and is buried at Chateaugay. Mr. Foran was married in 1872 to Miss Catherine Bonner, who was born at Chateaugay, Jan. 27, 1850, the daughter of William and Catherine Bonner. She died in 1926 and is buried in Chateaugay Cemetery. To Thomas and Catherine (Bonner) Foran were born 11 children, four of whom died in early childhood during an epidemic of diphtheria, their deaths occurring within four weaks of each other. Those surviving are: 1. Fred, born in 1881, a farmer, lives at Morrisville, Vt. 2. William A., born June 2, 1886, in the employ of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, lives at Hartford, Conn. 3. Charles E., born June 2, 1888, lives at Chateaugay. 4. John Francis, the subject of this sketch.

John Francis Foran obtained his early education in the public schools of Chateaugay, being graduated from high school in 1911. He received a degree in law from the University of Michigan in 1920, after which he became associated in practice for one year with George J. Moore, a prominent attorney of Malone. Mr. Foran then established his present private practice at Chateaugay. He was the Democratic candidate in Franklin County for the office of district attorney in 1928, a county which is normally Republican by a majority of 4,000 to 6,000, and he was defeated for the office by only 800 votes. Since 1923 Mr. Foran has been State Tax Attorney for Franklin County.

Mr. Foran was married on Oct. 31, 1927, to Miss Ella M. Doria, the daughter of Walter and Edith (McGibbon) Doria, of Chateaugay.

Mr. Foran holds membership in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and his wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is affiliated with Wadhams Council No. 469, Knights of Columbus, of which he was financial secretary for three years, and he also belongs to Malone Lodge of Elks, and Chateaugay Fish & Game Club.

During the World War Mr. Foran enlisted for service and was stationed at Camp Wheeler, Georgia. He is a member of the John E. Harrica Post No. 875, American Legion, and has served as commander and finance officer.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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