Thomas F. Callahan was born in Kansas City, Missouri,
April 11, 1868. His father, John P. Callahan, came here in 1845,
and was a pioneer merchant and the first secretary of the old
The subject of this sketch attended the
public and high schools, and then studied surveying under the late
Robert Gilham and under John Donnely.
Always an active Democrat and an earnest
party worker, he was appointed Superintendent of Streets in 1889, and
served two years with great credit.
In 1896 he was nominated for County Surveyor
by the Democrats, and elected by a large majority. On the
strength of his fine record, Mr. Callahan was renominated in 1900, but
the unfortunate split in the party defeated him of election.
During his term as Surveyor he attended the
Kansas City School of Law at night, and was graduated in 1898.
After quitting the office of Surveyor he formed the law firm of
Jameson & Callahan.
Mr. Callahan is a Woodman, and belongs to the
Knights of Pythias, the A. O. U. W., and the Hetasophs. He was
married to Miss Effie Winram in 1894.