The Glynn/Glenn/McGlynn family originating in Culkeen, Co. Roscommon 1825 - 2015

Biography - B4 Thomas Felix McGlynn.

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Thomas Felix McGlynn, fourth of Patrick McGlynn's children, was born on 13th October 1881 in Kansas. He grew up on the farm in the Argentine district where he was living, aged 29, in 1910 along with his mother Mary (Lyons) McGlynn ,his father A1Patrick McGlynn , brothers Michael and Patrick and his sister Mary Agnes. He was still living there at the time of his motherís death in October 1920. His occupation in the1910 census is described as farm labourer but he obviously had ambition to be more than just a small-time farmer. He was a graduate of Argentine High School, the Central Business College of Kansas and finally, on 8th June 1921, aged 39, he acquired an LLB from the Kansas City School of Law and went on to practise law for the next 30 odd years.
Thomas was an attorney for Shawnee township for eight years during which time the township established itís water system and fire department. He later set himself up in legal offices at 304 Bennett Building, Kansas City, KS and he moved out of home and into a residence at 909 North Ninth Street, Kansas City, KS.
Thomas never married. He had a keen interest in politics and was a candidate on the Democratic ticket for state representative from the ninth district in 1934 and 1944. Thomas was also a member of the St. John Council no. 709 Knights of Columbus and was actively involved in his local Catholic parish of St. John the Evangelist. Margaret Kennedy, a long time resident of the Argentine area, remembers him taking up the collection at St Johnís during Mass.
Thomas had a heart attack in his offices on Friday 7th May 1954 and died in St. Margaretís Hospital on Sunday 9th May aged 72 years. He was buried on Wednesday 12th May with his parents, brothers and sister at St Josephís Catholic Cemetery, Quivira Road, Shawnee, KS. In his will he left $1,000 to St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 30th and Strong Avenue, $1000 to St. Vincentís Orphanage in Topeka and $5000 to his nephew C1James Patrick Eugene, son of his brother B1Michael Joseph.