LaSalle County


Patrick Hanley, for many years justice of the peace of LaSalle, is Irish by birth and American from long residence and adoption. He was born in the county of Roscommon, Ireland, December 20, 1844, to Martin and Ellen (Igo) Hanley, and with them came to this country when a child of three years. He is one of a family of thirteen children, of whom three are living. The family settled in LaSalle in January, 1848, and Mr. Hanley has since considered that city his home, although for a few years his business called him away. It was here he received his education, attending the parochial and public schools, and learned the trade of tinsmith and plumber. At the age of fifteen he began to work for himself, engaged in a grocery store previous to learning his trade. He plied his craft many years, ten of them in St. Louis and other southern points. In 1873 he returned to this city and followed the business here until 1885, conducting a store of his own. He has also been engaged in the feed and grain business, and at one time had a clothing store.

Mr. Hanley was married in 1877, Miss Eliza Hoar, of this city. Ten children have blessed their home and are being reared in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic church, of which the parents are devout members. Mr. Hanley has always been an advocate of Democratic principles and gives that party his earnest support. He was fire marshal of LaSalle for two years, and in 1885 was elected to the office of justice of the peace. So well has he discharged the duties imposed upon him that he has been continued in that position ever since. It has always been his aim to temper justice with mercy to the end that the offender might be induced to forsake his evil ways and become an honorable citizen. In addition to his other duties, he is now deputy clerk of the county, and in this, as in his office of justice, receives only commendation.

Extracted 22 Dec 2017 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 526-527.

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