Marcus Alonzo Hanna was an American businessman and politician. He served as a U.S. Senator from Ohio as well as chairman of the Republican National Committee. He was a friend and political ally of President William McKinley. Hanna served briefly during the American Civil War.
About Mark Hanna in brief
Marcus Alonzo Hanna was an American businessman and politician. He served as a U.S. Senator from Ohio as well as chairman of the Republican National Committee. Hanna was a friend and political ally of President William McKinley. He died in 1904, and is remembered for his role in McKinley’s election, thanks to savage cartoons by such illustrators as Homer Davenport, who lampooned him as McKinley’s political master. He was born in New Lisbon, Ohio, in 1837, to Dr. Leonard and Samantha Hanna. His father was a Quaker of Scotch-Irish descent, and his mother was of English, possibly Irish, and French Huguenot descent. Hanna served briefly during the American Civil War and married Charlotte Rhodes; her father, Daniel Rhodes, took Hanna into his business after the war. He became a partner in the firm, which grew to have interests in many areas, especially coal and iron, and was a millionaire by his 40th birthday. He also served in the Ohio National Guard during the Civil War, and served as captain of a regiment of National Guard troops in Washington, D.C. In 1864 he was briefly sent to be part of the garrison at Fort Stevens, part of Washington’s’s Cs L & D defenses. He later became a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served until his death in 1904. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Rhodes, and their son, Mark Hanna, who served as the mayor of Cleveland from 1974 to 1978.
He had a daughter, Mary Hanna, and a son, Robert Hanna, both of whom served as members of the Cleveland City Council. Hanna died in Cleveland in 1998, at the age of 89. He leaves behind a wife, Mary, and two daughters, Mary and Mary Hanna. He never had children of his own, but had several step-daughters and two step-granddaughters. Hanna is buried in Ohio City, near where he lived with his wife and two sons. He has a son and a daughter-in-law, Robert T. Hanna, also known as “T.T.” Hanna, a businessman and philanthropist who died in 1998. He worked for the building of a canal in Panama, rather than elsewhere in Central America, as had previously been proposed. His son Robert Hanna was also a businessman, and ran a grocery and goods brokering firm in Cleveland. Hanna worked for many years in the Cleveland mercantile business, including as a partner with John D. Rockefeller. Hanna had a spinal injury while riding a horse in 1857, but returned to the family business to help his father with his business. He went to college at Western Reserve College, but was dismissed for distributing mock programs at a solemn ceremonial. Hanna also served briefly in the Union Army in 1864, as a captain in the Perry Light Light Infantry. Hanna later served in various capacities in the National Guard, and became a major participant in the Civil war.