1896 Chapman biographical sketch

Andrew Flanagan Jr. | Peter Flanagan | William Delahanty | George L. Casey
NOTE: Annotations by P. Fagan.

PETER S. FLANAGAN, alderman of the fourth ward, has been a resident of Astoria, Long Island City, all his life, his birth occurring here March 14, 1847. He has identified himself with the interests of his county, has won numerous friends, and has built up a reputation for honesty and fair dealing that is in every way merited. (For a fuller history of his father, Andrew Flanagan, see sketch of Andrew Flanagan Jr.)

Peter was the third youngest son and in his native city grew to mature years and secured a good practical education, completing his course in the Fourth Ward school when seventeen years old.

He then began serving an apprenticeship as a compositor with the "Astoria Herald" and started at the bottom. This paper was edited by Mac Richie. Later young Flanagan went to Brooklyn and was on the "Brooklyn Standard", a weekly story paper, where he finished his trade. From there he went to New York City and was on the "Era", a Masonic paper, until the daily was suspended. Our subject was with it again after it became a weekly and was thus employed until 1869, when he became connected with the "Shoe and Leather Reporter," with which he has been associated since. [Edmond Butler's 1859 Brooklyn directory listing listed his place of work as "Teller's Shoe and Leather Reporter"]

Although he is deeply interested in all that relates to the "Reporter," he has other enterprises and does not lose sight of his duty as a citizen.

Mr. Flanagan is a member of Typographical Union No 6, with which he has held membership since the age of twenty years. He has a commodious and pleasant residence at no. 542 Lockwood Street, which is kept in perfect condition by his estimable wife, formerly Miss Elizabeth Egan, who is a native of the Emerald Isle.

The following children have been born to them: Annie, May, Sadie, Frank, Nellie, Charles, Rose, Joseph, Gertrude, And Betsey and Bess (twins). [that's Tess, not Bess --PF]

In the fall of 1895 Mr. Flanagan was elected on the Democratic ticket for alderman of the fourth ward and has discharged the duties of that position most acceptably. He is a member of the finance and law committees, besides two or three others.

Socially he is a member of John Allen Lodge, No. 330, A.O.U.W., of Astoria, of which he is past officer and has been a delegate to the grand lodge.
Jun 07, 1916 - Peter Flanagan's death notice and obit found inside brother Charles A. Flanagan's prayerbook.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Queens Co., ( unkn. auth. NY & Chi: Chapman Publishing Co, 1896) is available in the Long Island Room at Queensborough Central Library in Jamaica. Also at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston, MA (local history, 5th floor).
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