Biography of William J. Halloran
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WILLIAM J. HALLORAN
It would be difficult indeed to find a man embodying all the qualifications of a good citizen, a gentleman and a business man more desirable for a town or city than the subject of this sketch, William J. Halloran. Having staked his chances in this city of Zion for over twenty two years, he has been before the public eye, and that he today is looked upon by all who know him as one of the first citizens of Salt Lake is due to his inherent ideas of honesty and integrity, combined with his wonderful resourcefulness and business acumen. A booster and plugger for Salt Lake and her resources, he has become so prominent in the growth and development of the city that nothing is ever suggested and thought of concerning civic improvements or aggrandizement that is not first submitted to this first citizen of the City of Salt Lake.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, on the 25th day of November, 1859, his father was John Halloran, for years with the Grand Trunk Railroad, in the freight department, and his mother Bridget Halloran. He received his earlier education in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, his people having moved to that town when he was a mere lad. The West always had charms for him, and, although he had reached man's estate before he responded to the call of this country, he came and located in Salt Lake City in November, 1887.

Young, imbued with the never give up spirit and chuck full of determination, he soon became a prominent man in business circles of this city. He made friends readily; and not only that, he kept them. Always energetic, business opportunities came and he was at the door to meet them. Today he is known by all classes for his shrewdness and methods of fair dealing. He is interested in several companies, prominent among them being the Halloran-Judge Company, of which he is the senior partner, and which is one of the best known real estate firms in the city. He is also prominently identified with the Merchants' Bank, the Utah Savings and Trust Company, the Continental Life and Investment Company, the Studebaker Bros. Company of Utah, and the Newhouse Hotel Company.

While not a politician in any sense of the word, he is prominently identified with the American party and its success, and for four years he was on the Board of Public Works under this administration, and was an earnest and conscientious worker for civic improvements. He is best known, however, as president of the Commercial Club, now serving his third term in that office. He has ever labored for the perpetuity of this organization and it is needless to mention the innumerable propositions which have been attempted and accomplished by this organization and through the individuality of its president. The most recent thing which has reflected credit on the kind of men who are members of the organization and who work hand in hand with its president, is the campaign waged to raise the $150,000 for the Y. M. C. A. Nothing that he has ever helped to accomplish gives him greater pleasure than the building of the new six story fire proof Commercial Club home, which is to be completed this year, at a cost of $300,000.

Although a very busy man with his many business duties, he is very prominent in social and club life. He is a member of the Alta Club, Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, and also president of the Knights of Columbus Association and the Knights of the Maccabees. His home life is an ideal one and he enjoys spending his few unoccupied hours in the bosom of his family. Married in 1883, in St. Clair, Michigan, his union has been blessed with three children, namely, Ruel G., Mary E., and Florence K. He has a beautiful residence at 717 East Second South Street, and it is very often the scene of social activity.

Mr. Halloran's friends predict for him a continued successful and prosperous career, and while Fortune has smiled upon him since he has been here, it is predicted that the coming years hold out for him a greater measure of success. He has one pet phrase which tells the tale of his successful career, and that is, "There is no such word as fail."

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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