Finley Peter Dunne (1867 – 1936)
He was a Chicago-based U.S. author, writer and humorist.
He wrote Mr. Dooley in Peace and War in 1898. "Mr. Dooley" became one of the
first nationally syndicated newspaper features. Set in a South Side Chicago
Irish pub, Mr. Dooley, the owner and bartender, would expound upon political and
social issues of the day, using the thick verbiage and accent of an Irish
immigrant. Dunne's sly humor and political acumen won the support of President
Theodore Roosevelt, a frequent target of Mr. Dooley's barbs.
Peter Finley Dunne was born in Chicago on July 10, 1867. He was educated in the
Chicago public schools, then began his newspaper career in Chicago as a
newspaper reporter/editor for the Chicago Telegram in 1884, at age 17. He was
then with the Chicago News from 1884-88, the Chicago Times in 1888, the Chicago
Tribune in 1889, the Chicago Herald in 1889, and the Chicago Journal in 1897.
Originally named Peter Dunne, to honor his mother, who had died when he was in
high school, he took her family name as his middle name some time before 1886,
going by PF Dunne, reversed the two names in 1888, for Finley P. Dunne, and
later used simply the initials, FP Dunne. His sister, Amelia Dunne Hookway, was
a prominent educator and high school principal in Chicago; the former Hookway
School was named in her honor.