Biography of Edward J. Dinneen
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Edward J. Dinneen, who is president of the P. H. Fitzgibbon Boiler Company is recognized as one of the business leaders of Ogdensburg. He was born at Ottawa, Ill., May 20, 1870, the son of Michael and Helen (Walsh) Dinneen.

Michael Dinneen was born in Ireland in 1837. When 25 years of age he emigrated to the United States and settled in Illinois, where he was employed for a number of years by the Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company as ticket agent. He later was interested in a coal business at Ottawa as a member of the firm of Dinneen & White. Mr. Dinneen retired in 1916 and was living at Ottawa at the time of his death, Oct. 2, 1931. He was a Democrat and served as alderman for 40 years. He was an active member of the Catholic Church and belonged to the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Helen (Walsh) Dinneen was also born in Ireland and died in 1906. To Mr. and Mrs. Dinneen were born six children: 1. Timothy, lives at Ottawa. 2. Thomas, who died in 1931. 3. Edward J., the subject of this sketch. 4. Michael J., lives in Chicago. 5. William F., who is deputy of Motor Vehicles, State of New York, lives at Albany. 6. Daniel M., who died in 1912.

Edward J. Dinneen received his education in the public schools of Ottawa and for five years was employed in Chicago by the John M. Smith Furniture Company. He came to Ogdensburg in 1895 where he spent 20 years in association with John Hannan. They had various business connections, Mr. Dinneen being secretary and treasurer of the Daly & Hannan Dredging Company. They completed large contracts in the Boston, New York, and Rhode Island harbors, and during 1912-13 Mr. Dinneen was located at St. John, N. B., in charge of the company's dredging contracts. At the death of Mr. Hannan in 1915, Mr. Dinneen and other associates incorporated the St. Lawrence Crystal Ice Company, of which Mr. Dinneen served as manager until 1928. He has been identified with the P. H. Fitzgibbon Boiler Company since 1907, and served as secretary and treasurer of the company until 1924, at which time he became president.

In 1901 Mr. Dinneen married Miss Mary F. Lynch, of Ogdensburg, the daughter of Dennis and Bridget (McGowen) Lynch. Both were natives of Ireland and are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Dinneen are the parents of three children: 1. Edward T., born in April, 1902, a graduate of St. Mary's Academy and Notre Dame University, class of 1924. For several years he was editor of a newspaper at Plattsburg, N. Y., and now has business connections in Syracuse. He is unmarried. 2. Elizabeth, born in 1906, a graduate of St. Mary's Academy and D'Youville College, Buffalo. She married John Briar, and they live at Watertown. 3. John, born in 1909, a graduate of St. Mary's Academy. He attended Notre Dame University for two years and is now employed in the offices of the state department.

Mr. Dinneen has always been a Democrat. He and his family are members of the Catholic Church and he belongs to the Knights of Columbus and B. P. O. Elks.

In 1900 Mr. Dinneen enlisted in the New York National Guard and held the rank of sergeant until 1907. He reenlisted in 1908 and held the commission of captain until his retirement in 1913.


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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