Biography of John H. Farley
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOHN H. FARLEY, who was mayor of Cleveland from 1883 to 1885 and again from 1899 to 1901, when he was succeeded by Tom L. Johnson, was born at Cleveland February 5, 1846. His father, Patrick Farley, a native of Ireland, settled in Cleveland as early as 1833, and for a number of years had the contract for the distribution of mail and expressage coming to or passing through the city, this being before the introduction of the modern mail and express car. He was a charter member of the first Knights Templar Commandery of Cleveland. His wife, Ann Schwartz, was born in Germany, daughter of John Schwartz, who settled in Lorraine County, Ohio, in 1832.

John H. Farley received a public school education, and for a number of years was a manufacturer of brass goods. He continued active in this business until about 1883, after which he was almost continuously identified with some form of public office. In 1871 he was elected a member of the City Council and twice reelected. He was twice a candidate for mayor before he made his first successful race for that office in 1883 as democratic candidate. Following his first term, he was appointed by President Cleveland inspector of internal revenue. In the spring of 1893 he was appointed director of public works at Cleveland, and subsequently served again as mayor. He was called and fully deserved all the implications of the title "Honest John." He was a delegate to several democratic national conventions. In 1884 he married Margaret Kenney, daughter of Capt. William Kenney, who organized and took from Cleveland the first company of volunteers at the outbreak of the Civil war.

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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