Hogan, John

Born: 1805-01-02 Mallow, United Kingdom

Died: 1892-02-05 Saint Louis, Missouri

John Hogan immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1817, where he apprenticed as a shoemaker and later became a Methodist preacher. He moved to Illinois in 1826 and became a merchant. In 1834, he won appointment as president of the Illinois Board of Public Works and remained in that office until 1837. In that capacity, he helped lay out plans for the city of Chicago and approved construction of the state's first railroad. In 1836, he won election to the Illinois House of Representatives as a Whig, but failed to secure a U.S. House seat in 1838. In 1840, he was one of three Board of Public Works commissioners based in Springfield. In 1841, he became register of the land office in Dixon and remained there until 1845, when he moved to St. Louis. There, he ran a successful grocery business and served as postmaster from 1857 to 1861. By the end of the Civil War, he had joined the Democratic Party.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=H000691.