Biography of Thomas Cronin
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

THOMAS CRONIN, president of the Thomas Cronin Company, general contractors of Pittsburg [sic]; Pennsylvania, is a representative of the second generation of his family in this country.

Patrick Cronin, father of Thomas Cronin, was a native of county Cork; Ireland, and made his initial visit to this country about 1822. He lived in Vermont about twenty years, returned to Ireland, where he married and lived for four years, whence he came again to the United States. He lived in Boston, Massachusetts, for a short time, then settled in Brighton, in the same state, where he resided until his death. le was a farmer and gardener by occupation, and he and his family were members of the Catholic church. He married Jane Linehan, and they were the parents of ten children, of whom five died in infancy. Those who lived to attain maturity were: Thomas, see forward; John, who went west and was not again heard from, and it is presumed that be is dead; Mary, deceased, married Martin O'Hara; Jane, married William Cashman; Theresa, married Peter Dowling.

Thomas Cronin, only surviving son of Patrick and Jane (Linehan) Cronin, was born in Brighton, Massachusetts, September 5, 1849. He was educated In the public schools of his native town and at the early age of fourteen years he commenced his business career. He accepted any employment that came to his hand that be was able to do and finally drifted into the business of stock dealing, in which he met with considerable success. However, during the general financial depression which swept over the country in 1873 he abandoned this, and in the following year went to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where he found employment at the Keystone Bridge Works. Later he was appointed on the police force and made a gallant and honorable record for seven years. He then resigned and engaged in the business of teaming for a period of about eight years, then formed a partnership with M. O'Herron in the general contracting line, doing business under the firm name of Cronin & O'Herron. This partnership was dissolved at the expiration of eleven years, and Mr. Cronin then organized the contracting firm of which he is the president at the present time. His son John is the vice president, and John Wallace is secretary and treasurer. They undertake all kinds of contract work and employ about three hundred hands. Mr. Cronin is also the sole proprietor of the Birmingham Supply Company, which deals in all kinds of builders' materials; he is a stockholder in the South Hill Trust Company and the Iron Gloss & Savings Bank. He and his family are members of the Catholic church, He: married, November 15, 1879, Julia Mcconnell, daughter of Nicholas and Alice (Cavanaugh) McConnell, and they had nine children, four of whom died in infancy. Those now living are: John, mentioned above; Alice; Harry, manager of the Birmingham Supply Company; Nicholas; Jane.

A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company

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