Michael P. O'Connor

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Michael Patrick O'Connor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1879 – April 26, 1881
Preceded by Richard H. Cain
Succeeded by Edmund W.M. Mackey
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from St. Philip's and St. Michael's Parish
In office
November 22, 1858 – December 23, 1864
Personal details
Born September 29, 1831
Beaufort, South Carolina
Died April 26, 1881(1881-04-26) (aged 49)
Charleston, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Alma mater St. John's College
Profession Attorney, politician
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861-1865
Rank Lieutenant

Michael Patrick O'Connor (September 29, 1831 – April 26, 1881) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

Early life[edit]

Born in Beaufort, South Carolina, O'Connor attended the public schools and was graduated from St. John's College, Fordham, New York, in 1850. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Charleston, South Carolina. During the Civil War, he served as a lieutenant in the Lafayette Light Artillery.

Political career[edit]

He served as member of the State house of representatives 1858-1866. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1872 and 1876. He argued against secession in the state house of representatives.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1874 to the Forty-fourth and in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congresses, but was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881). He received credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-seventh Congress, but died, pending a contest by Edmund W.M. Mackey (which subsequently resulted successfully for the contestant), in Charleston, South Carolina, April 26, 1881. He was interred in St. Lawrence Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard H. Cain
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Edmund W.M. Mackey