Florence Scannell 1847-1870
Memorial gravestone in Old Calvary Cemetery, Queens, N.Y.
Florence Scannell had an ongoing feud with Thomas Donaghue due to political reasons. Florence ran for alderman in the 18th Ward against the Tammany candidate. Scannell was considered a bad man who depended on the spoils of politics to make his living.
Thomas Donaghue ,a liquor store owner, was a Tammany Committee member and a supporter for their candidate, Nesbitt. Donaghue was known to "clean out" his saloon when political opponents showed up to cause trouble.
On the night of Dec 3,1869, Florence, brother John and a small gang entered the saloon and began a fight with clubs. Pistols were drawn and in a melee, Florence was shot in the spine. He became paralyzed from his wounds and later died July 1870.
The feud ended when his brother John Scannell stalked Florence's killer (Thomas Donaghue) and murdered him with a Derringer pistol on Nov 3rd, 1872. John was disguised with a slouched hat and false whiskers. A crowd set out to lynch John Scannell after the murder of Thomas. Source: NY Times Nov 3rd 1872
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Yes, and his first name WAS Florence!