Biographical Sketch of Michael A. Fanning
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Fanning, Michael A.; construction work; born, Cleveland, Aug. 26, 1857; son of Michael Fanning, Sr.; common school education at St. Patrick’s Parish School, but graduated from The University of the Printing Office; in 1885, married Miss Octavia Dix, of New Orleans; issue, two daughters and one son; early business life spent in newspaper work in St. Louis, Mo., Columbus, O., and political correspondent for a number of western papers; came back to Cleveland, and in 1899, made sec’y of the Municipal Ass’n; in 1900, state agt. for the Barber Asphalt Co., and later took agencies of Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri; organizer and pres. of the Cleveland Short Line R. R. Co.; this enterprise was adopted by the New York Central R. R. Co., and has been of the greatest value to the shipping interests of the city; in 1903, organized and became pres. of the Forest City Street R. R. Co., which, through the efforts of the late Mayor Tom L. Johnson, gave 3-cent fare to the city; in the paving business for a number of years; trustee Goodrich Social Settlement House; member Benevolent Committee of the Chamber of Commerce; director the Associated Charities; organizer and first pres. Catholic Federation of Cleveland, and one of the organizers and director of The National Catholic Extension Society.