GALLAGHER, Thomas J.

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GALLAGHER, Thomas J. (1842-1888), born in Michigan, he became the attorney for the French Savings Bank in San Francisco (1869-78). Gallagher was an original investor in the Santa Cruz Island Company in 1869, along with along with nine others:

Gallagher reportedly sued the French Savings Bank for services rendered from 1870-1878. The bank, in turn, sued Gallagher for a transaction involving a promissory note dated June 30, 1869 in the amount of $24,000. The security for the loan was 20 shares of the Santa Cruz Island Company.

Gallagher’s suicide in 1888 at age 46 cut short his legal career. The head of the bank, Gustave Mahé, committed suicide a decade earlier when the bank failed.

Thomas J. Gallagher (1842 Michigan-1888 S.F.) = Mary Annie Holmes (1852 Boston-1909 Berkeley)

  • 1. Thomas J. Jr. (1874-1879)
  • 2. Gustave Charles (1876-1954) = Jessie Bellman (1871-1957)
  • 3. Isabelle Margaret (1878- )



In the News~

September 3, 1866: “On September 3, 1866, Bull, Emmet and Elliott, together with S. F. Elliott, Wiliam C. Barron, Joseph Barron, William E. Barron, E. Mickle, David M. Richards, Thomas Bell, and T. J. Gallagher, addressed a memorandum on behalf of the California & Oregon Company to S. A. Clarke, E. N. Cook, J. S. Smith and other citizens of Oregon, containing a proposition for the construction of part of the Oregon road from Portland to Eugene City…” [Villard, Henry. The Early History of Transportation in Oregon]


February 23, 1869 [SDU]: “Incorporations.— Articles of incorporation of the Santa Cruz Island Company were filed in the office of the Secretary of State yesterday. This corporation was formed for the purpose of engaging in and carrying on the business of raising cattle and selling and disposing of the same; of acquiring, holding, using and selling such real estate as may be requisite and necessary for the prosecution of their business, etc. Capital stock, $300,000, in shares of $500 each, The principal place of business is in San Francisco. Trustees — Gustavo Mahe, Camile Martin, T. Lemmen Meyer, Thomas. J. Gallagher and Pablo Baca.”


October 17, 1878 [DAC]: “The Fifteenth District Court room was crowded last evening with the depositors of the French Bank, to hear the arguments in the case of the Depositors vs. Thomas Gallagher and the officers of the bank, to show the cause why the appointment of F. F. Low as Receiver should not be set aside. The crowd was doomed to disappointment, however, as Judge Stanly filed a stipulation by the attorneys on both sides, asking that the hearing be postponed. Judge Dwinelle granted the motion, and set the hearing for Friday, the 23rd, at 7:30 P.M.”


November 7, 1888 [DAC]: “At half past two o’clock this morning, Thomas J. Gallagher, the well-known lawyer, was found lying in the yard adjoining the house No. 624 California Street, in an unusual unconscious state. He had opened the window in room No. 23 in the California House and jumped out, evidently with the intention of committing suicide. He was removed to the Receiving Hospital, but at a late hour had not recovered consciousness. On being examined by Dr. Martineaut it was found that he had sustained a compound fracture of the left arm and foot. His ribs on the right side were broken, and it was thought he would not survive.”


November 8, 1888 [DAC]: “Thomas J. Gallagher, the attorney who sustained injuries by jumping from the third story of the California House early yesterday morning, died in the Receiving Hospital yesterday at 4 A.M. For several years he was the attorney of the French Savings Bank, and at one time had quite a lucrative practice, which he lost by dissipated habits. He had been drinking heavily of late, and is said to have attempted to commit suicide at the Occidental Hotel some little while ago. The Coroner will hold an investigation.”