Buried: 18 Mar 1950, Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA 34
James was born on 19 July 1881 in an area of Pittsburgh known as Soho. When he was nine years old his father, Nicholas, died and James went to work in one of the local tube mills to help support the family. 1
James left home when he was eighteen and enlisted in the Marine Corps in New York City on 13 Dec 1899. 6 On his enlistment papers he listed his age as 21 years old, which was the minimum age at that time. He can be found in the 1900 census aboard the USS Buffalo which was in the port of Gibraltor.14 On 31 March 1901 he was aboard the USS Monocacy at Taku, China during the Boxer Rebellion.7 On 5 October 1901 he was a private stationed at the American consulate in Tientsin, China. He also served in the Phillipines and rose to corporal before his discharge on December 12, 1904 in San Francisco, CA.6
James returned to Pittsburgh after his discharge and joined the Pittsburgh Police Department in April, 1905.5 In June, 1915 he was stationed at the #4 Police Station8. His pension records indicate he was discharged from the police force on 4 January 1918. It is not known why he was discharged.5
He is listed in the 1910 Census living with his two sisters, Maggie and Rose at the family home at 2104 Tustin Street,10 and again in the 1920 census.12 By the time of the 1930 census he had moved to 2201 Tustin with Mary and his first two children.13
On 4 Mar 1922 James was reinstated to the police force.5 He was promoted to Captain on 1 December 1927. On 1 August 1928 he was promoted to Inspector. He retired in August 1932.
Several years after his retirement from the city, James was appointed as a member of the Police Research Commission by John Kane, who was at that time a city councilman. The commission was investigating police corruption. When Kane was elected County Commissioner in 1936, one of the first things he did was appoint James as Superintendent of County Police.1,9 He served in this position until his death on 14 Mar 1950.
James married Mary Catherine DONAHUE, daughter of Michael J. DONAHUE and Mary Agnes DONOHOE, on 29 Sep 1925 in St. Paul's Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA.1 (Mary Catherine DONAHUE was born in Sep 1894 in Pittsburgh, PA 1, died on 23 Feb 1955 in Pittsburgh, PA 1 and was buried in Feb 1955 in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA 1.)
Thomas Hoey, Oral Interview of James Hoey, (Pittsburgh, PA).
Diocese of Pittsburgh, Baptismal Record Extract, St. Agnes Church, (Pittsburgh, PA, 8 July 1999).
Pittsburgh Press, James N. Hoey Obituary, (Pittsburgh, PA, 15 Mar 1950).
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, James N. Hoey Obituary, (Pittsburgh, PA, 15 Mar 1950).
Police Pension Fund Association of the City of Pittsburgh, Pension Record - James N. Hoey, (Pittsburgh, PA, 1950).
United States Marine Corps, Miltary Service Records - James N. Hoey, (Washington, D.C.)
James N. Hoey, Letter to Rose (Quinn) Hoey, (Fonk Ku, China, 31 Mar 1901).
Adjutant General's Office, State of New York, Letter to James N. Hoey, (4 Jun 1915).
Michael D. Stowell, Allegheny County Police: 1932-1987, (Pittsburgh, PA, 1987), Pg 4, 8.
Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, 1910 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, (Washington, D.C., National Archives and Records Administration), ED 317, Sheet 16, Line 10.
Adjutant General's Office, State of New York, Letter to James N. Hoey, (6 Jan 1916).
Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, 1920 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, (Washington, D.C., National Archives and Records Administration), ED 360, Sheet 12, Line 100.
Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, 1930 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, (Washington, D.C., National Archives and Records Administration), ED 2-38, Sheet 15, Line 40.
U.S.S. Buffalo, 1900 U.S. Census, Military and Naval Population Schedule, (Washington, D.C., National Archives and Records Administration), ED 9, Sheet 2, Line 40.