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Thomas F. Callahan

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 Merchants' Exchange.
     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.
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