Biography of Patrick T. Madigan
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Patrick T. Madigan In the erection of a substantial business structure in the field of insurance Patrick T. Madigan of Longview, Illinois, was able to build upon a foundation formed by a good business education, a worthwhile and practical training and an inherent ambition. These have formed the real concomitants of his success, although combined with them have been the accompanying desirable factors of perseverance and natural ability. Mr. Madigan was born on a farm in Raymond Township, Champaign County, Illinois, July 8, 1878, a son of John F. and Katherine (Foley) Madigan, natives of Illinois.
John F. Madigan came to Champaign County in 1874 and took up his residence on a farm on section 27, Raymond Township, where for many years he carried on successful agricultural operations, developing a good property and winning prosperity by industry and good management of his investments. He has now retired from active pursuits and is residing at Philo, where Mrs. Madigan died September 30, 1911. Mr. Madigan is one of the well known citizens of his locality who has the confidence and esteem of his fellow men, and while residing on the farm held township offices on various occasions. He and his wife were the parents of three children: Patrick T.; Dennis F., born November 21, 1879, and died May 15, 1899; and Josie, born in 1882, who is now the wife of Edward O’Neill of Philo.
Patrick T. Madigan was reared on the home farm and received his early education in the rural schools. He was prepared for a commercial career by a course at the Quincy Business College, and in 1907 left the farm and came to Longview, where he has since made his home. On his arrival here he accepted a position in the employ of the Indianapolis Grain Company, with which he has been identified to the present time. After having been at Longview several years, Mr. Madigan began to be interested in the insurance business, and subsequently devoted more and more of his attention to this line of work, until he is now one of the well known men in this field in Champaign County. He represents the Aetna, Phoenix and Hartford, all excellent old-time companies, and has built up a large business, having sold some appreciably large policies. He is accounted one of the energetic and progressive men of this thriving community and has made numerous stanch friends both in and outside of business circles.
Mr. Madigan was married January 15, 1908, to Miss Helena E. Smith, who was born in Edgar County, Illinois, and to this union there have been born two children: Paul J., born July 18, 1911; and Katherine Marie, born November 21, 1915. Mr. and Mrs. Madigan are members of the Catholic Church. In politics he is a Democrat, but his connection with public affairs is only that of a good citizen who performs his civic duties and has no desire for public preferment.