Biography of Francis M. Hagen
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





FRANCIS M. HAGAN, attorney and City Solicitor, Springfield. Mr Hagan is a native of Clark County, and one of the self made men of the city; he is of Scotch-Irish descent, and a descendant of a pioneer family of Mad River Township, his grandfather, Denny Hagan, having settled there in 1814; his parents, Hugh and Ann (Furay) Hagan, were among the early residents of the vicinity of Enon, where Francis M. was born in 1844; his father was a farmer of limited means, and hence his education depended almost entirely upon his own exertions. Impelled by a desire for knowledge, his limited opportunities were carefully improved, and, by teachi g district and select schools, during which he was a student, gained sufficient education and means to attend Antioch College, after which he began to read law, but was soon compelled to suspend his studies on account of hips health. Up to this time, he had maintained the most rigorous economy, boarding at home while attending Antioch College, requiring a walk of eight miles every day, and afterward, when studying law, "kept back" The following two or three years was occupied in traveling, and in 1872 he had sufficiently recovered to resume his studies, teaching in the meantime. In the spring of 1873, he was admitted to the bar, and has since been in active practice here. In 1876, he was an independent candidate for the office of City Solicitor, his Republican opponent, A. T. Byers, defeating him by only forty seven votes. In 1879, he was again an independent candidate, and was elected by a majority of 730 over J. F. McGrew, the regular nominee of the Republican Convention. Mr. Hagan is a Democrat in politics, a strong advocate, of temperance, takes an active interest in educational affairs, and is an active, public spirited citizen.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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