The Scannell Brothers in a Tammany Hall Twist
This exquisite statue, which marks Scannell’s grave was dedicated by his brother, John J. Scannell, as is noted on the stone. Several months after his brother’s death, John Scannell shot and killed Thomas Donahue in retaliation. He was later acquitted at trial on grounds of insanity. In a strange twist, John J. Scannell was appointed New York City Fire Commissioner, in 1893, by Tammany Hall Mayor Robert A. Van Wyck.