Biography of James E. O'Connor
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JAMES E. O'CONNOR, Superior Judge for the County of Pinal, was born in Pescadero, San Mateo County, California, February 20, 1865. His parents, James and Ellen Heffron O'Connor, were pioneers of California, who reached that State in the early fifties. Judge O'Connor's early education was acquired by study while working as tanner and at the Oak Mound Academy of Napa, California. He taught in the public schools of Napa from 1889 to 1893, inclusive, studying law when he had time. The young teacher was taken into the law office of County Attorney William Gwynne and Honorable H. C. Gesford, now Superior Judge in California, and he was admitted to practice in the courts of California August 8, 1893. He practiced at Madera, Calif., for several years until he came to Arizona, and acted as deputy District Attorney during two years of that period. Mr. O'Connor at once took a prominent part in the legal and political life of the new State. In 1899 he was appointed District Attorney and was reelected each term until Statehood was gained by Arizona, when he was elected Superior Judge for the County of Pinal. Judge O'Connor is a director in the Company which owns the O. T. Canal Company ditch, and has a fine ranch under cultivation near Florence, where he makes his home. He is a member of the Arizona Bar Association. judge O'Connor is well known in fraternal circles, being a member of the Fraternal Mystic Circle, Elks, and Woodmen of the World. On May 26, 1898, he married Miss Lillian Breyfogle of San Jose, California, and to the union have been born six children, four daughters and two sons. He and his family take a prominent part in the social life of their community.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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