Biography of Stephen J. Dorgan
North Central Ohio Biographies

Stephen Joseph Dorgan. One of the well known men in newspaper circles in North Central Ohio is Stephen Joseph Dorgan, who is owner and publisher of the Daily Banner at Mt. Vernon. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 6, 1877, the son of John Stephen and Mary (Long) Dorgan.

John Stephen Dorgan was born in New York City and at an early age removed with his parents to Cincinnati, where he attended St. Xavier's College. He was a bookkeeper by profession and died in Cincinnati at the age of 32 years. Mary (Long) Dorgan was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1851. She lives at 1 Pleasant Street, Mt. Vernon. Two Sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dorgan: John William, who died at the age of 26 years; and Stephen Joseph, the subject of this sketch.

Stephen Joseph Dorgan was two years old when his parents removed to Mt. Vernon from Cincinnati. He attended St. Vincent de Paul's Catholic school, Mt. Vernon, and at the age of 12 years was employed as an errand boy in a local bookstore. He also was a newsboy and carried the "Republican," a semi weekly newspaper. He was one of three boys who delivered papers at Mt. Vernon at the time of the inauguration of free delivery service in the city. Mr. Dorgan spent 28 years with the "Republican News" as clerk in the business office and manager of the job printing department. He resigned in November, 1917, to accept the management of the Sharon, Pa., "Telegraph." Upon his return to Mt. Vernon in 1918, Mr. Dorgan leased the "Daily Banner," which he operated for a period of four years under lease. He purchased the paper on Sept. 10, 1922. While Mr. Dorgan has always been a Republican in politics, the policy of the "Daily Banner" has always been Democratic, and the managing editor is a staunch Democrat. He has instructions from Mr. Dorgan to make the paper as Democratic during political campaigns, as he wishes. No complaint has ever been made by any local Democrats regarding the political status of Mr. Dorgan.

On June 21, 1904, Mr. Dorgan was united in marriage with Miss Lora Eleanor Gorsuch, of Mt. Vernon, the daughter of John and Eleanor (Stinemetz) Gorsuch, natives of Ohio. Mr. Gorsuch died in July, 1873, and his wife died in February, 1921. To Mr. and Mrs. Dorgan were born two children: Mrs. William Francis Deedrick, lives at Mt. Vernon; and John Gorsuch, who died in October, 1907, at the age of ten months.

Mr. Dorgan is a member of St. Vincent De Paul's Catholic Church, and his wife holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is affiliated with B. P. 0. Elks, No. 140, having served as secretary for ten years, and he is also Past Exalted Ruler of Mt. Vernon Lodge. He belongs to Mt. Vernon Council, No. 847, Knights of Columbus.

When the Nash Municipal Code became effective in Ohio in May, 1903, Mr. Dorgan was elected Mt. Vernon's first city auditor, and served in that capacity for 11 years, being elected to office four times. He was endorsed by both parties at one election, his name being printed on both ballots.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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