Biography of Thomas F. Hennessey
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Thomas F. Hennessey. - Familiarly known as "The Drug Man," Mr. Hennessey holds a prominent place among the reliable and progressive business men of Oswego. He was born in this city, March 8, 1875, the son of David F. and Ellen (Regan) Hennessey.

David F. Hennessey was a native of Ireland, as was his wife. They were among the well known pioneer citizens of Oswego, where they lived useful lives. Mr. Hennessey died in 1881 and his wife died in 1911. They are buried in Oswego. Mr. Hennessey and his family held membership in St. John's Catholic Church. Their children were: 1. John, lives at Oswego. 2. Mrs. N. J. White, lives at Oswego. 3. Mrs. Margaret Landon, lives at Oswego. 4. David C., lives at Oswego. 5. Mrs. Helen Watts, lives at Oswego. 6. Mrs. Daniel Griffin, lives at Oswego. 7. Thomas F., the subject of this sketch.

Thomas F. Hennessey has always lived at Oswego. After completing his schooling he worked in the store of Stone & Company, druggists, from 1890 until 1902. He then became a partner of Edward J. Malone and the firm of Malone & Hennessey, at 194 West 1st Street, continued successfully until the death of Mr. Malone in February, 1904. The business was reorganized at that time as Hennessey & Dwyer, but after a year Mr. Hennessey purchased his partner's interest. His store at 202 West 1st Street was burned in January, 1914, and immediately Mr. Hennessey located at his present location, 198 West 1st Street. He also has a branch store at 93 East Bridge Street, which is known as Hennessey's East Side Store.

On June 24, 1902, Mr. Hennessey was united in marriage with Miss Irene McOmber, of Watertown, N. Y., the daughter of Lafayette and Frances (Bosworth) McOmber. The former died in 1900 and the latter in 1921. Both are buried in Watertown. To Mr. and Mrs. Hennessey were born two sons: 1. Thomas M., born March 2, 1903, a graduate of Oswego High School and the Albany College of Pharmacy. He is now a pharmacist in his father's stores. He married Miss Helen E. O'Grady, of Fulton, N. Y., and they have two sons: Thomas F., III, born May 16, 1929; and Robert A., born Dec. 26, 1930. A twin sister of Robert A. died in infancy. 2. Francis D., born April 5, 1910, a graduate of Oswego High School, attends Albany College of Pharmacy.

Mr. Hennessey has always been a Democrat. He was elected mayor of Oswego in 1913 and reelected in 1915. He also served as a member of the original harbor and dock commission of Oswego. He is a member of St. John's Catholic Church, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Past Grand Knight, and B. P. O. Elks, Past Exalted Ruler. He is a member of the City Club.

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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