Biography of James A. Connelly
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James A. Connelly, successful San Francisco realtor and auctioneer, is at the head of the James A. Connelly Company, which he organized in 1924. He was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, January 25, 1899, a son of Patrick Charles and Margaret (Madden) Connelly. The father, a civil engineer by profession, was active in the building of the Great Northern Railroad under General Goethals and also did much other notable construction work. In 1908 he became identified with the Western Pacific Railroad Company and established his home in Oakland, California, where he spent the remainder of his life, passing away in 1924. He is survived by his wife and their four children.

James A. Connelly was a student at St. Mary's College of Oakland when in 1917, at the time of the World war, he enlisted in the United States Navy, in which he served for one year. Following his honorable discharge from the navy, he went to Arizona as a representative of the Albert Steinfeld Company, with which he was associated for a period of eighteen months. At the end of that time he returned to Oakland, California, and entered the real estate field, in which he has since continued with marked success. It was in 1924 that he came to San Francisco and organized the James A. Connelly Company, with office at 58 Sutter street, where he has since conducted an extensive real estate and auctioneering business. In 1927, at the largest auction ever held in the west, he sold the J. K. Prior property for two and one half million dollars.

While a resident of Arizona, Mr. Connelly met and married Miss Irma Lee Davis, of Louisiana, and they are the parents of a son, James A., Jr. Mr. Connelly gives his political support to the republican party, while fraternally he is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is a popular young member of the Olympic Club of San Francisco, and he is fond of horseback riding and golf, as well as of music.

From:
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931


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