MOONEY, MICHAEL PATRICK (22 Oct. 1866-6 Sept. 1936), an attorney known as "M. P.", served the city of Cleveland in various legal capacities and participated in the statewide charter movement. He advocated greater representation in CLEVELAND CITY GOVERNMENT for immigrant residents (see IMMIGRATION AND MIGRATION). Mooney was born and educated in Ireland, the son of Thomas and Anne McHugh Mooney. Admitted to the U.S. bar in 1891, for the next 2 years he served as assistant corporation counsel to the city of Cleveland. From 1910-1911 Mooney was president of the Civil Service Commission of Cleveland. He was a member of both the city Charter Commission and the State Board of Charters in 1913. Four years later he was chosen for the MAYOR'S ADVISORY WAR COMMITTEE. Mooney was director and general counsel to the Cleveland Life Insurance Company (est. 1907) and the Mutual Building & Investment Company, director and president of the Realty & Rental Company, and director of the GUND BREWING COMPANY and the D. C. Griese & Walker Co. He belonged to the Chamber of Commerce and the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association, among other groups.
Mooney married Mary Slowey (d. 1935) in Cleveland on 19 Sept. 1891; they lived in SHAKER HEIGHTS with children Francis G., Robert E., Mary C., Agnes M., Charles A., and Eleanor E. He is buried in CALVARY CEMETERY.