Age: 19, credited to Guilford, VTVITALS
Birth: 11/17/1843, Danville, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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Died Monday in
His 86th Year
Veteran of Civil War And Former Head of Soldiers Home
Served Throughout War and Later Was Commissioned in Fuller Battery
Colonel Thomas Hannon, veteran of the Civil war and superintendent of the Vermont Soldiers' home from 1901 to 1931 (sic), who had been in failing health for more than a year, died Monday evening at 9:30 o'clock in his 86th year at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Martha Grace Whitney, with whom he had been living since his retirement seven years ago. Advancing age is given as the cause of his death.
He retained his mental faculties until his death and took an active interest in the affairs of the community and nation. He voted for Lincoln and cast his ballot in every presidential campaign since. Last month he voted by absent-voter ballot. He was especially interested in the newspapers and had them read to him as late as last night.
Colonel Hannon came to Bennington in October 1901 from Brattleboro where for 27 years he was employed in the bellows department of the Estey Organ plant and for many years foreman in that plant, rendering valuable service.
His efficient management of the Soldiers Home over a period of 20 years (sic) won him the confidence of his comrades. He always took keen interest in the affairs of the Grand Army of the Republic and served the state organization as the commander in 1915. He attended many of the national encampments of the order and was a national figure in the body. He spent the state's money with absolute fidelity and in him the disabled veterans found a faithful and sympathetic friend.
Colonel Hannon was born in Danville, November 17, 1843, and always lived in Vermont. His parents died while he was a small boy and he went to Guilford to live and in 1861 he joined a volunteer militia company in that town. He enlisted in Company K of the 9th Vermont regiment June 24, 1862. He was promoted to corporal April 11, 1863 and was made a sergeant December 15, 1864 and was mustered out June 13, 1865. After the capture of Richmond he was detailed as quartermaster sergeant, which position he held until he was discharged at the close of the war. He was in all the battles in which his company participated, but was never wounded. He was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry when the entire regiment surrendered.
After the war Colonel Hannon returned to Guilford where in 1869 he married Ellen M. Weatherhead of that town who still survives. They went to Brattleboro to make their home in 1870.
In 1874 the Fuller Light Battery was organized and Colonel Hannon was one of the original members. In 1886 he was elected second lieutenant and in August 1888 Governor Ormsbee commissioned him quartermaster with the rank of first lieutenant. On December 7, 1892 he was commissioned by Governor Levi K. Fuller as lieutenant colonel of the first brigade V.N.G. with the rank of assistant quartermaster general which position he held until the brigade was disbanded by special act of the legislature in December 1900. Colonel Hannon has also held the position of assistant quartermaster general, senior vice-commander and commander of the state department of Vermont GAR
Colonel Hannon was a member of the Beauseant Commandery, Knights Templar of Brattleboro, and the Brattleboro Masonic lodge and the Wastastiquet lodge of Odd Fellows and the Grange. He was a member of the Universalist church of Brattleboro for many years and was a regular attendant.
Besides his wife and daughter he is survived by two granddaughters, Miss Martha Whitney of Bennington and Miss Marie Hannon of Oneida, NY. The Colonel's only son, Captain J. Benjamin Hannon, who served the United States during the World war, died four years ago.
The funeral is to be held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock at his home. Rev. Stanley Cummings, pastor of the Second Congregational church, will officiate. The body will be placed in the vault at park Lawn cemetery until spring when it will be taken to Brattleboro for burial.
Source: Bennington Banner, 4 December 1928; contributed by Tom Boudreau.
Image of soldiers' home Contributed by Tom Boudreau
Webmaster's note: According to the 2006 history of the Soldiers Home, Colonel Hannon was superintendent of the home from July 17, 1901 to February 1, 1917, not quite 20 years.