John Fanning served as school board president from 1881-1882 to 1884-1885. He came to America as an Irishimmigrant in 1853. As an accountant by trade, he served in various public capacities, including Albion Village president, alderman, postmaster, township clerk, and in other important offices. In the early 1890s Fanning becameSuperintendent of the Michigan School for the Blind, before returning to Albion to become postmaster, a position he held at the time of his death. His daughter Mary R. Fanning was a member of the first graduating class of Albion High School (1878).
Source: Frank Passic. A History of the Albion Public Schools. Albion, Michigan: E. Weil Publishing Services. 1991.