Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


THOMAS J. RIORDAN was born in San Francisco, November 15, 1859. His family removed to Salinas Valley in i860, his father having previously been here. After attending the public schools of Natividad, in this county, he was two years in St. Mary's College, San Francisco, leaving this latter institution in 1876. He commenced his business life as a clerk in the general merchandise store of John S. Paine, at Pajaro, where he remained about a year. After this he went to the southern part of the county with W. H. Taylor, Superintendent of the coast stage line, coming to Salinas later, in the employ of W. W. Battles, a prominent grain buyer. After the death of W.'W. Battles, he went into grain business for himself, and while in this business was elected Auditor. He was elected County Auditor in 1882; subsequently he went into the tailoring and furnishing goods business with T. B. Johnson, under the firm name of Johnson & Riordan. After three years of successful business operation he sold out, in October, i887, and went into the grain-buying business with S. Z. Hebert. He was elected County Clerk in 1888 by a majority of one hundred votes, his opponent being a very popular incumbent. He is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, a man of unblemished reputation and immense popularity. Mr. Riordan was married, on the 21st of October, 1884, to Miss Madge Sheehy, daughter of ex-Supervisor John Sheehy, by whom he has had two children, a son and daughter.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.