Biography of James O'Neil
Broome County, NY Biographies





JAMES O'NEIL - A native and lifelong resident of Binghamton, New York, James O'Neil has watched the growth of the city from a small community to its present thriving proportions, and has himself been a dominant factor in that development. Mr. O'Neil is of Irish ancestry, both his parents, John and Margaret (Mangan) O'Neil, having been born in County Clare, Ireland. His father, who was a manufacturer of boots, died in 1888, and his mother in 1893.

James O'Neil was born here June 16, 1853, attended public and parochial schools as a boy, and at an early age became a wage earner by securing his first employment with John Anderson, who was in the shoe business. He remained with him for three years, after which he served an apprenticeship to Dennis Donnelly, and acquired a thorough knowledge of carpentry and building, which enabled him in after years to complete some of the finest structures of which the city of Binghamton boasts.

It was in 1888 that Mr. O'Neil started out in business for himself as a general contractor, and from that time on his operations became more and more extensive until they came to include contracts for such structures as St. James' Church, at Johnson City; the cathedral at Waterville, New York; St. Ambrose Church and St. Patrick's School at Endicott; and scores of other buildings of note in Binghamton and the surrounding section of country.

Throughout these years not only has Mr. O'Neil taken an active part in the material development of this section, but he has also exerted a strong influence in social, civic and religious affairs, and done his part as a loyal citizen to a generous extent. Among the prominent organizations with which he is connected are the Chamber of Commerce; the Automobile Club; the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of which he is a past exalted ruler; and the Knights of Columbus, which honored him with the office of grand knight for three years. In religious affiliation Mr. O'Neil is a member of the Roman Catholic church, and a devout communicant of St. Mary's Congregation, giving liberal support to all its charities and benefactions.

In 1880 Mr. O'Neil was united in marriage with Martha Tucker, of Binghamton, and of this union six children were born, their names being: John W.; Katherine L., who is a member of the Zonta Club; Martha E., James W., Charlotte, and George T. O'Neil.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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