Biography of Thomas O'Brien
Madison County, NY Biographies





O'Brien, Thomas, was born in Ireland in 1837, and came to this country with his parents when ten years old. They settled in Cazenovia where his father resided until his death in 1870, gaining the respect and confidence of all his fellow citizens. Mr. O'Brien was educated in the common schools of Cazenovia, and at an early age entered the woolen mill there, owned by R. Jackson. This mill afterwards came into the possession of Henry Ten Eyck for whom he worked until it was destroyed by fire. In 1853 he went to Utica where he had charge of the carding department in a woolen mill for a period of five years. At the end of this period he removed to Pittsfield, Mass., where he held a similar position about two years. In 1858 he returned to Madison county, and in 1864 in company with Charles Stewart purchased the woolen mill at Eaton which they conducted about eight years. At the end of that time Mr O'Brien settled permanently in the village of Oneida, and for twenty five years was engaged in buying and shipping wool. In 1892 he became a member of the firm of Stewart Barton & Co. In politics Mr. O'Brien has been a consistent Democrat; he has served as village trustee three years, as assessor two years. and is now a member and president of the sewer board. He married, in 1862, Margaret McLaughlin, a daughter of Patrick McLaughlin of Holland Patent, N. Y.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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