Biography of Patrick Leahy
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





PATRICK LEAHY, whose recent death was a serious loss to the mercantile interests in Owego, was born in Tipperary, Ireland, in 1833. At the age of fourteen he came to the United States with his uncle and went to Wisconsin, but after less than two years' residence in that state came to Owego (in 1853) where he had friends. He was employed in the Erie freight depot five years and afterward became clerk to the firm of Thurston & Bishop, then with Mr. Bishop, later with D. G. Taylor. About 1876 the grocery firm of Leahy & Dean was formed and began business on North avenue. Later they removed to the corner of the avenue and Main street where they did business five or six years more, and where Mr. Leahy finally succeeded and became sole proprietor. He continued the business alone for about ten years, when his son James J. Leahy. became his partner. Mr. Leahy was twice married. His first wife was Ann Tierney by whom he had five children, all of whom are now living. His second wife was E]iza Reading, who bore him one child. Mr. Leahy was always a firm democrat but took no active part in politics. His time was devoted to business affairs and the result has been the accumulation of a good property and as well gaining an excellent standing among the business men of the county seat.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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