THOMAS J. GOREY. - For some years this gentleman has been identified with the business interests of Chatham, being proprietor of a meat market at that place. He is one of Sangamon county's native sons, his natal day being May 15, 1869. His father, Patrick Gorey, was born and reared in Ireland and when a young man immigrated to the new world, coming direct to Sangamon County, Illinois. Here he married Miss Margaret Casey, also a native of the Emerald Isle. For a number of years he was engaged in farming in Chatham township and then removed to the village of Chatham, where he carried on the butchering business and also conducted a market for about twenty years. He died in February, 1898, honored and respected by all who knew him.
Thomas J. Gorey grew to manhood in the village of Chatham and was educated in its public schools. While assisting his father in the shop he early learned the butchering business and about 1895 took charge of the market, which he now conducts. He is one of the successful business men of the place and has the confidence and respect of his fellow citizens. He lives with his mother at the old home, she being now sixty years of age. They are communicants of the Catholic Church and have a host of warm friends throughout the county.
Politically Mr. Gorey is a Jeffersonian Democrat, having always supported that party since casting his first presidential vote for Grover Cleveland. He is a recognized party leader in his community and has been a delegate to numerous county conventions. He has served on the village board, was collector of Chatham township two years, and is now filling the office of supervisor, this being his second term as a member of the county board. He has been placed on a number of important committees and he has creditably filled every position to which he has been elected. Fraternally he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, the Improved Order of Red Men, the Ancient Order of United workmen and a fraternal insurance society.