Biography of Dr. Arthur J. O'Leary
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ARTHUR JAMES O'LEARY, M. D. - Executive ability of the highest order, combined with an invincible determination to guard at all costs the health of the thousands of his fellow citizens, are two of the outstanding characteristics of Arthur J. O'Leary, M. D., who was for a number of years engaged in the private practice of medicine prior to his acceptance of an important official position in Bronx Borough, which he continues to retain, while at the same time rendering professional services of inestimable value as a member of the staff of visiting physicians entrusted with the care of numerous patients in one of the largest hospitals in the district.

Dr. Arthur J. O'Leary is the son of the late Cornelius and Margaret (Corrigan) O'Leary. Cornelius O'Leary, born in Kenturk, County Cork, Ireland, in 1842, died in New York City in 1905. He was the son of Dennis and Afra (Collins) O'Leary; his father having been the first professor to occupy a chair at the Old Rose Hill College, now known as Fordham University. Cornelius O'Leary was himself engaged as a professor, and also as a physician, having occupied the chair of classics and acted as physician at Manhattan College for many years. Margaret (Corrigan) O'Leary, wife of Cornelius O'Leary was the daughter of the late Patrick and Bridget (Brennan) Corrigan; her father, Patrick Corrigan, died in New York City at the age of one hundred and seven years.

Arthur J. O'Leary, of The Bronx, son of Cornelius and Margaret (Corrigan) O'Leary, was born on November 23, 1868, on old Tenth Avenue, near One Hundred and Thirtieth Street, New York City. He was a student in the Manhattan College, in the vicinity of his home, from which he was graduated in 1886, and subsequently matriculated in the medical department of the old University of the City of New York, which institution conferred upon him, as a member of the class of 1889, the degree of Doctor of Medicine. For one year following his graduation from medical college, he was associated with the Harlem Hospital in the capacity of interne. Subsequently, he engaged in the practice of his profession in The Bronx, with offices located at the junction of Washington Avenue and One Hundred and Sixty sixth Street, where he continued to be most actively engaged until his retention, in 1898, as assistant sanitary superintendent for the health department, responsible for The Bronx Borough. Dr. O'Leary is also visiting physician and president of the medical board of the House of Calvary, the leading cancer hospital in The Bronx. He is a member and former president of The Bronx Medical Society, member of the New York State Medical Society, the Jackson Democratic Club, Democratic County Committee, a charter member of Bronx Council, No. 466, Knights of Columbus, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and a member of St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church.

On October 28, 1891, in All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Dr. Arthur James O'Leary was united in marriage to Anna O'Rourke, daughter of Thomas O'Rourke, a native of New York City, and Anna (Trainor) O'Rourke, also born in New York City. The marriage ceremony at All Saints Church was performed by the Rev. Father John J. Lennon. To this union were born three children: 1. Anna Madeline, whose birth occurred on November 28, 1892; was married to John J. Lyons, and they are the parents of: i. John J., Jr., born May 29, 1917. ii. Anna, born May 18, 1919. iii. James, born January 26, 1921. iv. Arthur, born June 7, 1923. v. Mary, born on April 27, 1925. 2. Arthur Thomas, born in The Bronx, February 5, 1895; married Teresa Smythe, and they have: 1. Arthur, born June 10, 1920. 2. Donald, born December 10, 1922. 3. Isabelle. born July 4, 1899.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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