John Hanrahan was born in Stamford and lived all his life in a house near the Broad Street Bridge. As a boy he attended Stevens and St. John’s parochial schools, following which he worked in his father’s grocery store at Broad and Hanrahan Street. He later went into his father’s company, Hanrahan and Hanrahan Insurance Company, becoming its manager in 1904.
Active in local politics, he filled a succession of positions as town assessor, city assessor, town treasurer, and later served for ten years on the city’s Board of Finance. The pinnacle of his political career came when he was elected First Selectman from 1932-1938. At the height of the Great Depression many residents were without jobs. He worked hard to get work relief programs for Stamford’s unemployed and by late 1933 more public works jobs materialized.
Daniel Hanrahan (Picturesque Stamford, 1892)
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