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Harry Patrick O’NEILL

(1889-1953)

O’NEILL, Harry Patrick, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Dunmore, Lackawanna County, Pa., February 10, 1889; left school at the age of ten and went to work as a slate picker in the O.S. Johnson Colliery, Dunmore, Pa.; worked evenings as an apprentice barber until the age of sixteen and at the age of eighteen purchased his employer’s business; also engaged as an insurance broker; served in the Pennsylvania house of representatives 1929-1948; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1953); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress; died in Scranton, Pa., June 24, 1953; interment in Cathedral Cemetery.

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

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