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Dennis P. Delaney, the clerk of the district court of Doniphan county and the general agent for the McCormick Manufacturing Company, was born on the 21st of March, 1864, in the county which is still his home. He now maintains his residence in Severance and is recognized as one of the leading business men and representative citizens. His parents, John and Catharine (Redmond) Delaney, were both natives of Queens county, Ireland, and at an early day took up their residence in Doniphan county, Kansas, where they are now among the pioneer settlers. The mother died in 1857, but the father long survived her and passed away in 1891. Both were devout members of the Catholic church.

Dennis P. Delaney attended the district schools and later entered St. Benedict's College, in Atchison, Kansas, in which he was graduated in 1885. Thus well equipped for the practical and responsible duties of life he entered upon his business career as a farmer and for two years engaged in tilling the soil and then came to Severance, where he embarked in business as a member of the firm of Severing & Delaney. That relation was maintained for one year, when the firm of Delaney & Lyon was formed, his partner being Thomas Lyon until 1896. In that year Mr. Delaney sold his interest and was soon after appointed clerk of the district court to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of E. R. Westfall. At the regular election he was chosen for that position and was re-elected in 1898, so that he will be the incumbent until January, 1901. For some years he has been the general agent for the McCormick Implement Company, attending to the introduction and sale of their goods through the greater part of the state of Kansas. His energy and keen discrimination in business affairs brought to him success along that line, while his fidelity to duty in positions of public trust has made him one of the most popular officers in Doniphan county.

On the 18th of June, 1881, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Delaney and Miss Rosa Lyon, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Lyon. She was born in this county, her parents being among the pioneer settlers. Three children grace their union, -- Thomas, Vernon and Daniel. In his political views Mr. Delaney is a Republican, takes a deep interest in the success and growth of the party and exerts a wide influence among its followers. Both he and his wife have spent their entire lives in Doniphan county, where they are well and favorably known, few having filled public office in this locality as efficiently and acceptably as has the subject of this review.