Biography of Dr. James H. O'Connor
Napa County, CA Biographies





JAMES HENRY O'CONNOR, M. D.
The importance of a business or a profession is in a very large measure determined by its beneficence or usefulness, and so dependent is man upon his fellowmen that the worth of each individual is reckoned largely by what he has done for humanity. There is no class to whom greater gratitude is due from the world at large than to those high minded men whose life work is the alleviation of human suffering and the lengthening of the span of human existence, and among the able and popular physicians of Napa county is Dr, James Henry O'Connor, of St. Helena, who has not only gained a large and lucrative practice throughout this locality but has also won a high place in the minds and hearts of his fellowmen.

Dr. O'Connor was born at Wilton, New Hampshire, on the 15th of May, 1873, and received his elementary education in the public schools of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He then entered Holy Cross College, at Worcester, that state, and was graduated therefrom in 1895, after which he matriculated in the medical department of Columbia University, New York city, graduating with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1899. He first engaged in the practice of his profession in Jersey City, New Jersey, but later entered the employ of the Pacific Mail Steamship line as surgeon on their boats plying between New York and South American ports. Dr. O'Connor then came to San Francisco and for a time was a surgeon in the French Hospital. Desiring to engage in private practice, however, he subsequently located in Bridgeport, Mono county, California. Later he went to Sutter Creek, Amador county, this state, and then to Goldfield, Nevada, where he served as surgeon in the mines from 1904 to 1906. In 1907 the Doctor came to St. Helena, and he has since been continuously engaged in practice here. He has been more than ordinarily successful and has long been numbered among the leaders in his profession in this part of the state. Dr. O'Connor is a member of the Napa County Medical Society, the California State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is the owner of a beautiful and attractive country home in Napa valley, comprising thirty two acres, ten acres of which are in vineyard.

In 1906 Dr. O'Connor was married to Miss Marie Hager, who was born and reared in Napa county, and they are the parents of two children: Edith, aged seventeen years; and Ruth, aged sixteen years. Fraternally the Doctor is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, the order of Druids and the American Legion. In 1918 he enlisted for service in the World war and was commissioned a captain in the Medical Corps, being attached to the Ninety second Division, which was stationed at Camp Cody, New Mexico. Dr. O'Connor is a man of pleasing presence and attractive personality and has long enjoyed well deserved popularity throughout this section of the county. He is eminently public spirited and gives his earnest cooperation to the advancement of all measures which are for the best interests of his fellow citizens.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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