Maurice O'Connell (MP)

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For other people named Maurice O'Connell, see Maurice O'Connell (disambiguation).

Maurice O'Connell (c. 1801 – 18 June 1853) was one of seven children (the eldest of four sons) of the Irish Nationalist leader Daniel and Mary O'Connell. He served in British Parliament as Member of Parliament (MP) for Tralee from 1832 to 1837, and from 1838 until his death.

In 1832 he married Mary, daughter of Bindon Scott of County Clare, and they had several children. The marriage was unhappy and Maurice is said to have had numerous affairs; some of the stories of his father's womanising are said to be based on Maurice's actions. His conduct, combined with chronic ill-health; wrecked his political career: though described as "frank, popular and enthusiastic" he never lived up to the hopes his father and others had for him.

His brothers John, Morgan and Daniel were also MPs.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Patrick Mahon
and William Nugent Macnamara
Member of Parliament for Clare
with William Nugent Macnamara

1831–1832
Succeeded by
Cornelius O'Brien
and William Nugent MacNamara
Preceded by
Walker Ferrand
Member of Parliament for Tralee
1832–1837
Succeeded by
John Bateman
Preceded by
John Bateman
Member of Parliament for Tralee
1838–1853
Succeeded by
Daniel O'Connell