John F. O'Brien (NY secretary of state)

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John F. O'Brien (1902)

John F. O'Brien (c. 1857 – April 23, 1927) was an American businessman and politician who served as the Secretary of State of New York.[1]


He was born about 1857[2] in Fort Edward, Washington County, New York, the son of James O'Brien. He attended the public schools and Fort Edward Collegiate Institute, and taught school for a year. Then he entered business, and in 1888 he succeeded his brother Edward in the wholesale commission flour business at Plattsburgh. In 1897, he formed with his partner George C. Kellogg the O'Brien & Kellogg Dock and Coal Company, and acquired control of the docks and waterfront at Plattsburg, conducting the largest wholesale business of flour, coal, feed and grain in Northern New York.[3]

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Clinton Co.) in 1901 and 1902. He was Secretary of State of New York from 1903 to 1906, elected at the New York state election, 1902 and the New York state election, 1904 but defeated for re-election at the New York state election, 1906.

He was an alternate delegate to the 1920 Republican National Convention, and a delegate to the 1924 Republican National Convention. He was President of the Plattsburgh National Bank and Trust Company.[1]

He died on April 23, 1927 in Plattsburgh, New York.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "John F. O'Brien Dead. Long A Party Leader. Once Secretary of State of New York. A Bank President in Recent Years". New York Times. April 24, 1927. Retrieved 2014-07-16. "President of the Plattsburgh National Bank and Trust Company and former Secretary of State ..." 
  2. ^ John F. O'Brien, short bios of the Republican nominees for state offices, in the New York Times on September 25, 1902
  3. ^ New York Red Book (1902; pg. 150f)
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Charles E. Johnson
New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
H. Wallace Knapp
Political offices
Preceded by
John T. McDonough
Secretary of State of New York
Succeeded by
John S. Whalen