IRISH-IN-CHICAGO-L Archives

Archiver > IRISH-IN-CHICAGO > 2007-12 > 1198218283


From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Onahan Gallery connection to Bishop O'Regan
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 00:24:43 -0600


Onahan, William James was born in Leighlin Bridge, County Carlow on
Nov. 24, 1836. He came to Chicago in 1854, married Margaret Gertrude
Duffy, who was born in Boston the granddaughter of Jeremiah Sullivan,
a Justice of the Peace in Chicago, on July 8, 1860. Mr. Onahan was a
personal friend of Bishop Anthony O'Regan, and was connected closely
with Rev. Arnold Damen, S.J. of Holy Family parish as well as the
heads of many of the religious orders in Chicago. He was one of the
organizers of the Hibernian Savings Bank. He was elected City
Collector in 1869 and was appointed five times to this office. He
served on the Board of the Public Library for many years, and helped
to organize the Irish Catholic Colonization Association with Bishops
Ireland, Spalding and Riordan. He was first treasurer of the World's
Fair in 1893, and along with Mr. C. C. Bonney helped organize the
Catholic Congress in Chicago for which he was honored by Pope Leo
XIII and given the title of Count Onahan. William Onahan died Jan.
12, 1919, and his wife died on March 10, 1902, aged 67yrs. Of their
six children, only one-- a daughter lived to maturity. Mary Onahan
married Daniel Gallery, a Chicago lawyer, and they had four sons and
two daughters: Margaret, Marcia, Daniel, William, Philip and John
Ireland Gallery who was ordained a priest in 1926. (27) -March 15,
1902 (2)

Chicago Irish Families (Tom Cook database)


This thread: