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

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 byWilliam Bourke Cockran
Succeeded byJames H. Fay
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the New York County, 12th district
In office
January 1, 1921 – November 6, 1923
Preceded byMartin G. McCue
Succeeded byPaul T. Kammerer, Jr.
Personal details
Born(1885-11-23)November 23, 1885
Raynham, Massachusetts
DiedJanuary 26, 1960(1960-01-26) (aged 74)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materBrown University
Harvard University School of Law


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.


  • Dodge, Andrew R. (2005). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: 1774-2005. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. ISBN 9780160731761.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Martin G. McCue
New York State Assembly
New York County, 12th District

Succeeded by
Paul T. Kammerer, Jr.
U.S. 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