Progressive Men of The State of Montana
ROBERT T. HANNAH. - All lands have
contributed to the development and civilization of the great northwest of
the United States, and no country has made more valuable contributions than
Scotland. In Glasgow, the leading commercial port of that country, Robert T.
Hannah was born on February 3, 1853. His parents were John and Mary
(Thompson) Hannah, both Scotch by nativity, and emigrants from that country
to the United States in 1865. They settled at Chicago, where the father
followed the business of a merchant tailor for many years, and is now living
retired. The mother died there in 1884.
Mr. Hannah was educated in the public
schools of Chicago, and after leaving school served an apprenticeship of
four years at the Vulcan Iron Works as a machinist. From 1875 to 1881 he
worked at his trade as a journeyman in Chicago; and from 1881 to 1883 was
employed in the railroad shops at Las Vegas and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and
Dodge City, Kan. In July, 1883, he came to Livingston, Mont., and went to
work in the shops of the Northern Pacific Railroad, where he remained one
year, then passed the time at Forsyth and Glendive until 1885, when he
located at Billings and has been employed in the machine shops of the
Northern Pacific Railroad.
In politics Mr. Hannah is a Democrat, and
has been at times very active in the service of his party. He served as city
councilman from the Second Ward in Billings, and has always manifested a
lively interest in the welfare of the community in which he happened to be
Fraternally he is identified with the
Masonic order and the United Workmen, in the former holding membership in
Ashlar Lodge No. 29, at Billings, and in the latter in Nickerson Lodge No.
21, at Nickerson, Kan. His first marriage occurred at Chicago in 1880, when
he was united with Miss Margaret McEntee, a native of Madison, Wis., where
she died in 1881, leaving one son, Robert, who is now twenty-one years old.
Mr. Hannah contracted a second marriage in 1886, being united on that
occasion to Miss Amelia McEntee, of Madison, Wis., a sister of his first
wife, and they have three children: Margaret Marie, aged fifteen; Gertrude
May, aged ten; and John Malcolm, aged five.
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Robert T. Hannah later became a Police
Officer on the Billings, MT Police Force and was killed in the line of duty
July 2, 1904.