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John Matthew O'Connell

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John Matthew O'Connell (August 10, 1872 – December 6, 1941) was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island.

John Matthew O'Connell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byRichard S. Aldrich
Succeeded byHarry Sandager
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1872-08-10)August 10, 1872
Westerly, Rhode Island
DiedDecember 6, 1941(1941-12-06) (aged 69)
Westerly, Rhode Island
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States
Branch/serviceUnited States United States Army
Unit12th Division
Battles/warsWorld War I

Born in Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, O'Connell attended the public schools. He taught in the local schools 1892-1902. He was graduated from the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Dental College (now a branch of Temple University) in 1905 and commenced practice in Westerly, Rhode Island, the same year. During World War I he served for sixteen months with Headquarters Sanitary Train, Twelfth Division, and later as a major in the United States Dental Reserve. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1929-1932.

O'Connell was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1938. He died in Westerly, Rhode Island, December 6, 1941. He was interred in St. Sebastian Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "John Matthew O'Connell (id: O000025)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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