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Hogan, John

Born: 1805-01-02 Mallow, County Cork, Ireland

Died: 1892-02-05 Saint Louis, Missouri

John Hogan immigrated from Ireland 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 1836, he won election to the Illinois House of Representatives as a Whig, but failed to secure a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives 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. In 1864, he won election as a Democrat to the U.S. House, serving from March 1865 to March 1867.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1225; The History of Jackson County, Missouri (Kansas City, MO: Union Historical, Birdsall, Williams, 1881), 37; Receipt of Schuyler Strong and Abraham Lincoln to John Hogan.