Biography of John T. Bourke
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOHN T. BOURKE has been identified with Cleveland newspapers for almost forty years, all the time with the Cleveland Leader and affiliated publications. His long experience as political editor has made him an authority on Cleveland and state politics. Mr. Bourke was born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, August 6, 1858, son of Thomas H. and Jane (Barlow) Bourke. His father, an expert machinist, was connected with industries in several cities in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and for a number of years was proprietor of a machine shop in Cleveland, where he died in 1895.

John T. Bourke was educated in Rayen School, Youngstown, Ohio, took the engineering course in Lehigh University at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and as a young man was employed as a civil engineer on construction work for the Burlington Railroad lines in Northwestern Kansas and Western Nebraska. His active career as a newspaper man began at Denver, Colorado, in 1884. He was on the staff of the Tribune of that city, but in 1885 came to Cleveland and began work for the Leader. He was in turn reporter, assistant city editor and city editor. Since 1905 he has been political editor of the Leader, the Cleveland News and the Sunday News Leader. Since 1914 he has been president of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents' Association.

Mr. Bourke served as a member of Cleveland's first civil service commission, from January, 1910, to February, 1914. He is a republican in patty politics, and was a supporter of Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. In Masonry he is affiliated with Meridian Lodge and Webb Chapter. He belongs to the Lakewood Country Club of Cleveland, and the Church of the Ascension, Protestant Episcopal. Mr. Bourke married at Marshfield, Wisconsin, January 14, 1893, Charlotte Frances Johnson. Her father, Henry Johnson, who was a student under James A. Garfield at Hiram College in Ohio, became a pioneer in Wisconsin.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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