John Tiernan. - One of the most influential figures in professional circles in Oswego County is John Tiernan,
who as a successful lawyer, is also a prominent citizen of Oswego. He was born in this city, the son of Michael
and Anna (Hannon) Tiernan.
Michael Tiernan and his wife were natives of County Sligo, Ireland. He was a farmer and became an extensive land
owner in Oswego County. He died at the age of 96 years.
John Tiernan, the subject of this sketch, attended the public and parochial schools of Oswego. He read law in the
offices of Francis E. Hamilton in Oswego and was admitted to the New York bar in 1897. His entire professional
career has been spent in Oswego. He served as city attorney from 1904 until 1906, his first term being under Mayor
James E. Mansfield, and although a Democrat, Mr. Tiernan was retained by the incoming Republican mayor, John K.
Smith. In 1928 he was appointed special surrogate judge of Oswego County by Gov. Alfred E. Smith.
On Nov. 10, 1910, Mr. Tiernan married Miss Carrie Hackett, the daughter of Patrick and Mary (Doris) Hackett, of
Mr. Tiernan is a member of the Catholic Church, and is active in the affairs of the Knights of Columbus, having
received the Fourth Degree, and is past grand knight.
Mr. Tiernan has always been interested in the early history of Oswego County and has gathered much first hand information
concerning the life and habits of the early pioneers of Northern New York.
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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