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Jeremiah Edward O’CONNELL

(1883-1964)

O’CONNELL, Jeremiah Edward, a Representative from Rhode Island; born in Wakefield, Middlesex County, Mass., July 8, 1883; attended the public schools; graduated from Boston University, Boston, Mass., 1906; graducated from Boston University Law School, Boston, Mass., 1908; admitted to the bar in 1907; lawyer, private practice; commenced law practice in Boston, Mass.; moved to Providence, R.I., in 1908 and continued the practice of law; member of the Providence city council, 1913-1919; member of the Providence board of aldermen, 1919-1921; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth and succeeding Congress (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1927); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Seventieth Congress in 1926; elected to the Seventy-first Congress and served until his resignation on May 9, 1930 (March 4, 1929-May 9, 1930); appointed an associate justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court, serving until January 10, 1935, when he was appointed presiding justice and served until his resignation in 1948; elected as an associate justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and served until his resignation on January 18, 1956; was a resident of Cranston, R.I., until his death September 18, 1964; interment in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, R.I.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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