Charles O’Connor Hennessy

Charles O’Connor Hennessy (1860-1936)  President of the Franklin Society for Home-building and Savings, which built many of Haworth’s first homes around the turn of the century. In the book New Jersey’s First Citizens, Hennessy is credited as “chiefly responsible for the growth of Haworth, the interesting residential town on the West Shore Railroad where he makes his home.”  Irish-born, he was a city editor with the Daily News before going to the Franklin Society. Between 1911 and 1917,  as a state assemblyman and then a state senator in Trenton, Hennessy was a champion of preserving the Palisades and women’s right to vote. Hennessy Street was named for Charles O'Connor Hennessy.