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Thomas J. O'Brien (Illinois politician)

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Thomas Joseph O'Brien (April 30, 1878 – April 14, 1964) of Chicago was a U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1933–39, 1943-64. He was of the Democratic Party.[1] He became the "Dean" of Chicago delegates and played a role in the early career of Dan Rostenkowski.[2]

Thomas J. O'Brien
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1943 – April 14, 1964
Preceded byA. F. Maciejewski
Succeeded byDaniel J. Ronan
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byJames T. Igoe
Succeeded byA. F. Maciejewski
Personal details
Born(1878-04-30)April 30, 1878
Chicago, Illinois
DiedApril 14, 1964(1964-04-14) (aged 85)
Bethesda, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic

O'Brien died in office of a stroke on April 14, 1964.[3] The T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam approximately 7 miles from Lake Michigan on the Calumet River in Chicago at the head of the Illinois Waterway is named after Congressman O'Brien.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  2. ^ Mr. Chairman by James L. Merriner, pg 93
  3. ^ "Rep. O'Brien, Democratic Leader, dies". Chicago Tribune. April 15, 1964.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James T. Igoe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939
Succeeded by
A. F. Maciejewski
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 6th congressional district

January 3, 1943 – April 14, 1964
Succeeded by