John J. O'Connor

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This article is about the politician. For the journalist, see John J. O'Connor (journalist). For the attorney and husband of Sandra Day O'Connor, see John Jay O'Connor.
For the Catholic clerics, see John Joseph O'Connor (Archbishop of New York); and John Joseph O'Connor (Bishop of Newark)
John Joseph O'Connor
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th district
In office
November 6, 1923 – January 3, 1939
Preceded by William Bourke Cockran
Succeeded by James H. Fay
Personal details
Born (1885-11-23)November 23, 1885
Raynham, Massachusetts
Died January 26, 1960(1960-01-26) (aged 74)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Brown University
Harvard University School of Law

John Joseph O'Connor (November 23, 1885 – January 26, 1960) was an American politician from New York.


O'Connor was born in Raynham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brown University in 1908 and Harvard University School of Law in 1911.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 12th D.) in 1921, 1922 and 1923.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 68th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of W. Bourke Cockran, and was re-elected to the 69th, 70th, 71st, 72nd, 73rd, 74th and 75th United States Congresses, holding office from November 6, 1923, to January 3, 1939. He was one of the few Democrats targeted in the 1938 primaries by Franklin D. Roosevelt to be defeated.[1] He was a delegate at large to the 1936 Democratic National Convention. He died in Washington, D.C..

He was Chairman of the House Rules Committee between 1935 to 1939.

He was interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland.[2]


  1. ^ James T. Patterson, Congressional Conservatism and the New Deal: The Growth of the Conservative Coalition in Congress, 1933-1939 (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky, 1967), pp. 278-290.
  2. ^ Dodge 2005, p. 1671.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
W. Bourke Cockran
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
James H. Fay