Biography of Jeremiah J. O'Connor
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O'Connor, Jeremiah J., was born in Ireland, December 5, 1844, and came to America, when three years ola and lived in Canada till nineteen years of age. He received his education in Canada, removed to Elmira in 1864, and taught the Roman Catholic school for about eighteen months. He has been engaged in merchandising, oil producing, etc. He was the first city chamberlain in Elmira in 1876, 1877, and 1878, and put the present financial system in shape. He was a member of the Board of Health for over two years. Elected on the Democratic ticket to the General Assembly in 1883, and the one who placed Hon. David B. Hill before the convention at Saratoga for nomination in 1885 for governor, he is a public speaker of no mean ability, and was a delegate to a recent convention of the National Land League, was a member of the National Executive Committee, and third vice president. In Chicago in 1880 he started a subscription for the National Land League by giving $500. He was one of the founders of the Free Press and was president of the Grand Forks Land and Investment Company, Grand Forks, Dakota. He is a member of the Catholic Church. He married a daughter of John Purcell, deceased, of Elmira, in June, 1871, and they have eight children. Mr. O'Connor was appointed deputy collector of the port of New York by Mr. Manning in 1885, but resigned in afew weeks, as he found it unprofitable. He has been often a delegate to the State convention, and has attended as delegate every Irish National League of America. He has been treasurer of the Irish League since its organization and has sent to Ireland over $15,000 to the Irish poor.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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