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A native son of California and of Sacramento, James Mangan was born May 18, 1865. His father, Peter Mangan, married Miss Kate Hennesy, who came from Ireland to California when she was quite young and with three sisters located in this city. The elder Mangan came to California in the pioneer days and located in Sacramento, where he was a blacksmith and a veterinarian. Pie was interested in local politics and met with success as a business man. He passed away in 1880, and his son, after leaving the public school, learned the blacksmith's and horseshoer's trade under the instruction of Harry Bennett of Sacramento, and he has followed that vocation to the present time. After leaving Mr. Bennett he was employed as horseshoer on Haggin grant, and later for David Ahem in the same capacity, and he continued there until he started a shoeing shop in San Francisco. A year later he returned to Sacramento and bought an interest in an old shoeing shop with John Wizel. This was located on Ninth street, and he continued doing business at this location for four years, at which time he sold out in order to buy out Winters & Morgan at No. 1228 J street, which has been his place of business since. He makes a specialty of the shoeing of horses. In his political affiliations he is a Democrat and he was recently the nominee of his party for the office of city trustee to represent the Eighth ward. In the primary election in 1912 he was unanimously nominated as the Democratic candidate for supervisor for the Third Supervisorial district of Sacramento. He is a member of the Master Horseshoers' Association, and he and his family are communicants of the Catholic church. His mother is his housekeeper; his brothers Frank and Peter Mangan are connected with the Sacramento fire department; Mary, his eldest sister, married T. L. Enright of this city; his sister Martha is the wife of Charles Nichols of Sacramento, and Belle, his youngest sister, is a member of his household.

As a whole, the immigrants coming to the United States have met with success, and with few exceptions, compared to our whole population, the offspring of these immigrants have been exceedingly successful. This fact is well illustrated in Mr. Mangan 's career. He is a skillful mechanic, a man of enterprise and progressive ideas and a public-spirited citizen who loyally does his part in the promotion of the general good. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011