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Joseph Patrick O'Hara (January 23, 1895 – March 4, 1975) was a U.S. Representative from Minnesota.

Joseph P. O'Hara
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1959
Preceded byElmer Ryan
Succeeded byAncher Nelsen
Personal details
Born(1895-01-23)January 23, 1895
Tipton, Iowa
DiedMarch 4, 1975(1975-03-04) (aged 80)
Bethesda, Maryland
Political partyRepublican

Early lifeEdit

O'Hara was born in Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa, on January 23, 1895. He attended the public schools and graduated from Spirit Lake, Iowa, High School. During the First World War, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant of the Infantry in the Officers’ Reserve Corps and later promoted to captain in the Quartermaster Corps, serving from May 13, 1917, to August 15, 1919. With overseas service, he was commissioned as a major of Infantry in the Reserve Corps.

O'Hara also attended Inns of Court, London, England, and graduated from the law department of University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. In 1920, he was admitted to the bar in 1921, and was commenced practice in Glencoe, Minnesota.


O'Hara served as an attorney for various villages, cities, towns, and school districts, as well as county attorney of McLeod County (1934 – 1938).

He was then elected as a Republican to the 77th, 78th, 79th, 80th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 84th and the 85th congresses on January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1959.

He was not a candidate for reelection in 1958 to the 86th congress, but he resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., where he resided. He died in Bethesda, MD, on March 4, 1975. His interment is in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland.[1]


  1. ^ Dodge 2005, p. 1674-1675.


  • Dodge, Andrew R. (2005). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: 1774-2005. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. ISBN 9780160731761.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elmer Ryan
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district
1941 – 1959
Succeeded by
Ancher Nelsen