Finley Peter Dunne


In the persona of Mr. Dooley, a fictional Bridgeport barkeeper, no writer better chronicled the day to day trials and tribulations of Chicago’s immigrant and first-generation Irish community than Finley Peter Dunne. As a newspaper writer for the Chicago Evening Post, Dunne, born in 1867 to Irish immigrant parents, wrote more than three hundred Mr. Dooley monologue vignettes fraught with an urban sagacity in the context of everyday speech, that are both serious and humorous at the same time.

Dunne eventually moved to New York and joined Lincoln Steffens and Ida Tarbell at American Magazine, and made a reputation for himself as an outstanding journalist on national and international issues. Yet we remember him best today for being the voice of the pioneer generations of Chicago Irish whose hard work and political savvy shaped the urban landscape of the Windy City.


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