Thomas F. McGillicuddy, Portland, ca. 1890
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Thomas F. McGillicuddy (1869-1930) resided on Neal Street not far from St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church in Portland’s West End neighborhood and worked as an Inspector for the US Customs Service for much of his career. He is photographed here in the uniform of the Portland Montgomery Guards, a local militia and drill team comprised of young men of Irish decent. McGillicuddy dedicated much of his life to military service. In 1888, he joined the First Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment and worked his way through the ranks. He was called to active service in May, 1898 during the Spanish American War along with the 46 officers and 979 men of the First Maine. They were sent to Fort Thomas, Georgia, on the Chickamauga Civil War battlefield for training. As armistice with Spain ended the short conflict in August, 1898, he was never deployed. McGillicuddy retired from military service as First Lieutenant in 1904 and left a military pension to his wife, Margaret, upon his death in 1930.