Biography of Charles T. Toomey

Beginning his business career as a drug store clerk when he had completed his early educational training, Charles T. Toomey, of Providence, soon determined upon a different pursuit and is now actively and prosperously engaged in the conduct of an insurance and real estate enterprise located at No. 49 Westminster Street. Although one of the younger business men of this city, Mr. Toomey has attained a high reputation in his field and is regarded with esteem by all who have had the benefit of business or social relations with him. He is a man of action, fond in his recreational moments, of golf, football, baseball, and other outdoor sports, and devoted in his social activities to a number of popular organizations. Interested in public affairs, he has been called to office and has served with credit and distinction. He is a sound churchman and an active worker in all public affairs in which he finds himself qualified to be of service to his fellow-citizens.

He was born in Roslindale, Massachusetts, November 8, 1899, a son of John T. Toomey, a stationary engineer, who was born in South Boston, where his death occurred, and Winifred T. (Nolan) Toomey, a native of Westville, Connecticut. He was educated in the public schools of Johnston, Rhode Island, and graduated from La Salle Academy in 1916. He then attended the Sweeney School of Shorthand and afterward took a course at the Northeastern University Law School. After working at the drug business until 1921, he became engaged in real estate and insurance in Providence, continuing until June, 1929, when he was appointed vice-president of the Winfield Fuller Corporation, operating in general insurance at No. 49 Westminster Street. A Republican in politics, he was elected, in 1926, to membership in the Rhode Island Legislature from the town of Johnston, and in 1928 was reelected. Prior to his engagement with the corporation with which he is now associated he was a member for six years of the real estate and insurance firm of Toomey Brothers, which still functions. He is a member of the Rhode Island Republican Club, the Johnston Republican Club, Providence Young Men’s Christian Association, the Pocasset Social Club, and the Providence Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He attends St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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