|From An Illustrated History of The Yellowstone Valley, Embracing The Counties of Park, Sweet Grass, Carbon, Yellowstone, Rosebud, Custer, and Dawson, State of Montana. Western Historical Publishing Company: Spokane, Washington, 1907(?), p. 225.
Hon. Thomas S. Hogan. -- it is signally consistent that the vigorous young state of Montana should summon to her official positions of trust and responsibility men imbued with the same comparative youth and vitality. Mr. Hogan, ex-secretary of state, is a young man of forceful individuality and executive ability, and his services redounded to his credit and to the welfare of the commonwealth. Mr. Hogan is a native of Chippewa county, Wis., born near the city of Chippewa Falls, on December 23, 1869, the son of John and Bridget (Ahren [sic]) Hogan, natives of the Emerald Isle and representatives of stanch old Irish stock. They emigrated from Tipperary county to the United States about the year 1850, their marriage having been solemnized after their respective families had located in America. John Hogan was for a time a resident of the city of Boston, whence he removed to Ohio and followed his trade of stonemason. His marriage to Miss Ahern was celebrated in the old Buckeye state, and about 1860 he removed with his family to Wisconsin, being one of the first settlers in Chippewa county. They were compelled to walk a distance of ninety-eight miles to reach their new home, located in what was practically a wilderness. By vigorous and unremitting effort Mr. Hogan cleared and put under effective cultivation a farm, and with his wife are now honored pioneers of the city of Chippewa Falls. They are the parents of nine children, of whom Thomas S. Hogan is the only resident of Montana. In his native county Thomas S. Hogan was reared to years of maturity, receiving his educational training in the public schools of Chippewa Falls, graduating from the high school at the age of sixteen years. Thereafter he put his acquirements to practical test by successfully engaging in teaching for a period of three years. In 1889 he went to the state of Washington, where he tarried for several months, but two years later he came to Montana and was identified with the mining industry for one year at Butte. In 1892 he removed to Anaconda, where he was employed for four years in the smelter. In 1896, as the candidate of the Populist party, Mr. Hogan was elected to the office of secretary of state, having been a prominent and effective party worker, and unwavering in his allegiance from the time of attaining his legal majority. In 1894 he was a candidate from Deer Lodge county for representative in the lower house of the legislature, but was defeated by a majority of only sixteen votes after a vigorous canvass during the campaign. Fraternally Mr. Hogan is a prominent member of the Knights of Labor, having been district master workman of the state. Since retiring from the office of secretary of state he has devoted his attention to the practice of law and mining interests in the state of Idaho. In 1894 Mr. Hogan was united in marriage to Miss Kathleen [sic] Donovan, who was born in Chippewa county, Wis. They are the parents of four children: Ralph J., Emmett V., Mary T. and T. Fritz.