Anthony F Bannon
A. F. BANNON, reading clerk of the Pennsylvania State Senate, is a wellknown figure of McKean county, where he has hosts of friends among all parties. He is a native of the Keystone State, born in Blossburgh, October 13, 1847, and is a son of Patrick and Joanna (Lanergan) Bannon, natives of Ireland. His parents came to America in 1841, and soon thereafter settled in Blossburgh, Penn. When he was twelve years of age the subject of these lines was put to work with his father in the mines, an occupation he followed ten years. As he was obliged to work at an age when most boys are at school, his educational advantages were necessarily very limited; but being of a studious disposition, and having a natural thirst for knowledge, he attended night-school, thus obtaining a fair education. In the year after reaching his majority, being determined to seek other employment, he secured a situation as clerk in a grocery store in Blossburgh; and so well did he improve his opportunities that, in 1872, he was enabled to start in business for himself. In 1875 he closed out his store, and in 1877 removed to McKean county, where he entered the employ of the Erie Railroad Company at Kendall Creek. A year later he embarked in the coal business, in which he continued five years, when, having purchased valuable oil property, he sold out and devoted his attention to the production of oil, a business he is thoroughly acquainted with. In politics Mr. Bannon has for a long time been a prominent Republican, and in 1883 he was chairman of the county committee. In 1880 he was elected coroner of the county; between the years 1885 and 1888 he served as sheriff of the county, and in 1889 he was appointed to his present position of reading clerk of the Pennsylvania State Senate, his services commencing with the session of that year. He has two years to serve, so that his voice will be heard in that distinguished body in 1891. Mr. Bannon was married August 25, 1870, at Corning, N. Y., to Mary J., daughter of Samuel Carlyle, and they have three children: Anthony F., William P. and Mary. The family are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Bannon is a member of Lodge No. 133, A. O. U. W., and represented his lodge in the grand lodge in 1883.