|J. T. Lanigan
Born April 12, 1867
|J. T. Lanigan, who for the past eight years has been the editor and proprietor of the Jones County Times, was born in Butler county, Ohio, April 12, 1867. His parents, Paul and Mary Lanigan, were natives of Ireland and emigrated to the United States in 1852. For many centuries the home of the Lanigan family was near Clonmell, County Tipperary, whence came the valiant men who thought it a sweet and appropriate thing to fight and die for their country. They resisted every encroachment upon their liberties, took part in every revolution stirred up for the liberty of Ireland, but the traits of characters that made them patriots centuries ago have made their descendants fine citizens of today. After coming to this county, Paul Lanigan engaged in farming in Butler county, Ohio, winning a large measure of success in his vocation.
John T. Lanigan attended the Mason high school after he had completed the course of study in the common schools and then entered the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio. Upon completing his work as a student he engaged in the profession of teaching, coming to Iowa in 1892. For four years he taught in the schools of Center township, Clinton county, and then entered the employ of Fay Brothers, publishers of the Clinton Advertiser. His duties at that time were manifold, he was solicitor of advertisements and of subscriptions, while he was also special correspondent and contributor.
In 1901 he left their employ to purchase the Jones County Times, which he has since edited, bringing it up to a high standard as a reputable dispenser of news, increasing its circulation until it is a valuable advertising medium while through tersely written editorials making for an advancement of the public thought. Success has attended his endeavors, as is indicated by the fact that he owns one hundred and sixty acres of land in Hughes county, South Dakota, and an equal area in Finney county, Kansas.
A personal friend of William Jennings Bryan, he is a stanch supporter of the democracy advocated by that man, but he has steadfastly refused all nominations to public office. He has not, however, been wholly lacking in public spirit, for from 1893 to 1896 be served in Company L, First Regiment of Iowa National Guards. Religiously he affiliates with the Catholic church, that being the religion in which he was reared.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 254.
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