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Dennis C. Hogan comes from a family with deep roots in New Hampshire. His ancestors are first mentioned in the Nashua History, Nashua Experience when they are killed by indians in what is now Dracut, Massachusetts. His mother's family farmed Southern New Hampshire in what is now Hudson, Nashua, Amherst, and Hollis from the seventeenth century to today. His mother grew up on her parent's dairy farm on Witches Spring Road in Hollis. His father's family immigrated to the Merrimack River Valley from French Candia and Ireland to work in the industrial mills. His grandfather worked in the foundry still on Quincy Street in Nashua as a young man and in later life Represented Nashua's Ward 4 in the New Hampshire legislature. Dennis' father, James F. Hogan, 25 year Nashua City Engineer, administered the federal funding of the Nashua sewer system and city regulations on building during the boom years of the 70's, 80's, and 90's.
Dennis is the seventh of eleven children (three girls and eight boys).Dennis' first activity to make money came before he ever went to school. He put the fruit from his parent's pear tree in a tin Batman lunch box and knocked on neighbor's doors to sell the produce for nickels. From fourth grade (age ten) to ninth grade Dennis delivered the Nashua Telegraph in the afternoon to 32 homes in his neighborhood. Every customer received their paper during the great blizzard of 1978. During high school Dennis worked at Dairy Queen, Finest Supermarket (presently location Demoulas at exit 7), and Stewart's Department Store (present location of Demoulas on DW Highway).
During college he worked at Stewart's, Alexander's Supermarket (where Home Depot is today) and the lab at Nesmith Hall on the University of NH campus. Upon graduating he sold (too little) life insurance for Northwestern Mutual Life. After deciding that was not the right path for him, he worked as a substitute teacher and as seasonal retail store help, taking the inventory for Stewart's and Macy's. Starting in 1987, Dennis worked for twelve years at Allstate Insurance Company claims before returning to school to become a lawyer. He first worked as an attorney with Jordan, Maynard & Parodi, PC until 2004 and started his own firm in 2005.
Hillsborough County elected him as County Attorney in 2010 with 53% of the vote in a three way race.Ward 2 in Nashua elected Dennis as Delegate to N.H.'s 17th and last Constitutional Convention in 1984. He also represented Ward 2 in the N.H. Legislature after the 1984 election. In both races Dennis was the candidate who received the most votes. In a city wide race, Nashua elected Dennis to the Board of Education in 2005 with more votes than anyone on the ballot that day. Dennis started formal education in September of 1970 at St. Christopher's Elementary which he attended from first to sixth grade. For Junior High (seven, eight and nine) Dennis attended Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School behind St. Louis on West Hollis Street (presently a rehab facility). Dennis played on the basketball and baseball teams and ran track. Dennis graduated from Nashua High School (presently South) in 1982. He participated in gymnastics club and on the Debate team. He and his partner won the Novice Division Debate State Championship. He attended Keene State College for one year before transferring to University of New Hampshire in Durham and received a B.A. in Political Science in 1986. Dennis received a JD (law degree) and LLM from UNH Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 2002. The Hillsborough County Attorney's Office budget was reduced 8% by the Hillsborough County Delegation making morale improvement difficult. However, Dennis attracted a better work force and thus made up for the reduction in staff necessitated by the reduction in resources.