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Michael Patrick O’CONNOR

(1831-1881)

O’CONNOR, Michael Patrick, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Beaufort, Beaufort County, S.C., September 29, 1831; attended the public schools and was graduated from St. John’s College, Fordham, N.Y., in 1850; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Charleston, S.C.; member of the State house of representatives 1858-1866; served in the Civil War as a lieutenant in the Lafayette Artillery; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1872 and 1876; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1874 to the Forty-fourth and in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congresses; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); received credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-seventh Congress, but died, pending a contest by Edmund W.M. Mackey (which subsequently resulted successfully for the contestant), in Charleston, S.C., April 26, 1881; interment in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

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

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