HON. DANIEL HOGAN, Mound City, was born in the county of Kilkenny, Ireland, July 4, 1849. His father was a respected and well-to-do farmer, whose ancestors had for generations been land-owners. His mother, a descendant of the O'Mahers, a family of title and distinction, famous in the early and present history of Ireland. In 1852, when the subject of this sketch was but an infant, his father brought his family to America, and became one of the early settlers of Pulaski County, Ill. The early days of Daniel were spent on a farm, and in attending the public schools of the district, finally taking the high school course at Cairo, Ill., and studying the various branches of telegraphy at night. This latter acquirement was of great benefit to him during the war. The first signal for the great civil conflict found him too young to enlist, but he was smuggled by an elder brother into the camp of the Thirty-first Illinois Volunteers, commanded by Col. John A. Logan. Some months later, he was regularly enrolled in the telegraph corps of the United States Army, and attached to the brigade serving under Gen. U. S. Grant, as confidential cipher clerk, with the rank of Lieutenant, and afterward of Captain. He was present at the capture of Fort Henry, and Clarksville and Nashville, Tenn., and was under fire at Fort Donelson, Corinth, and Iuka, Miss.; was with Gens. Hatch and Grierson, in their various cavalry raids and fights in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. He was frequently stationed at important and exposed posts in the enemy's country, and engaged in tapping his telegraph wires, many times narrowly escaping capture. He accompanied Gen. W. T. Sherman and staff to Chattanooga, Tenn., before starting on his "march to the sea," as his confidential cipher clerk and telegrapher, but being urgently wanted in Memphis, Tenn., was sent there as chief of the military lines. At the close of the war, Capt. Hogan was honorably mustered out for "faithful and important military services." He then entered and graduated from Bryant & Stratton's Business College, and took service under the Western Union Telegraph Company, in the principal cities of the United States. He came to Mound City, Ill., in 1869, in order to be near his aged parents, who both died at an advanced age, the father at seventy-four, and the mother seventy-two, being aftectionately attended by their dutiful son. The ability and business integrity of Mr. Hogan soon attracted the attention of his neighbors, and although very young for the office, he was in 1873 elected County Clerk, and re-elected at every ensuing election until 1882, when he was elected to the State Senate from the Fifty-first Senatorial District, comprising the counties of Franklin, Williams, Johnson and Pulaski, defeating Mr. Youngblood, the Democratic candidate, by nearly 1,000 votes. He at once took an active part in all important legislation, and was placed on many important committees, and proved himself a keen financier, and in the protracted legislative dead-lock of January, 1883, and that finally elected Gov. S. M. Cullom to the United States Senate, Mr. Hogan contributed no small part of the result, and showed himself one of the shrewdest young politicians and caucus managers in the State, and his friends predict for him a brilliant future. In 1876, Mr. Hogan married the daughter of the late Judge G. W. Carter, one of the wealthy and original founders of Mound City, and for many years President of the Mound City Railroad Company, and of the Emporium Real Estate and Manufacturing Company. The successful manner in which Mr. Hogan has managed his own and his wife's large interests proves him to be an able and safe man.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 266-267.