Monday, August 16, 1993

David Cavanagh - Hardgrove

Biography: Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin: David Cavanagh

Submitted by Kathy Grace, <> August 2004

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David Cavanagh, farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Osceola; born in Dingle, County Kerry,
Ireland, Feb. 2, 1831; is a son of James and Ellen Cavanagh, who emigrated
to America in 1834, stopping a short time in Bangor, Me., then settling in
Waltham, Mass., where Daniel received his schooling; the family settled on
a farm in Washington Co., Wis., in 1842, remaining until April, 1849, when
they settled on Government land on Sec. 3, Osceola, being the second Irish
family to locate here. The subject of this sketch continued his studies in
Wisconsin, living on the homestead until 1869, when he bought his farm of
220 acres; his mother died in September, 1853, and his father in January,
1868. Mr. Cavanagh has proved himself a capable farmer, having built a
basement barn 46x71 feet, with twenty-two foot posts, and a handsome
square, two story residence; has also brought 135 acres of his farm to a
good state of improvement. In politics, a Democrat, Mr. Cavanagh was
elected in 1861 Town Treasurer; then followed his election as Chairman of
Osceola from 1864 to 1877, with the exception of three years; in 1869, he
was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly, and to the State Senate in 1875. He
married Miss Margaret, daughter of Henry Hardgrove, one of the Irish
pioneers of Forest, on the 20th of February, 1854, they having seven
children- Ella, Mary, James T. Daniel, Anna, Henry and Jennie; Mary is the
wife of E.H. Lyons, of Osceola. Mr. Cavanagh and family are Roman

Transcribed from The History of Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin Chicago :
Western Historical Company, 1880 pg. 972