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.
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
Oswego County, NY
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