This collection consist of five scrapbooks chronicling the career of Congressman John J. O’Connor (D) of New York. Also included
is biographic information on Basil O’Connor, who worked with President Roosevelt in the fight against polio.
John J. O’Connor (1885-1960) was a Congressman and Representative from New York, from 1923-1939. He graduated from Brown University,
Providence, R.I., in 1908, and from the law department of Harvard University in 1911. John J. O’Connor was admitted to the
Massachusetts bar in 1910, moved to New York City in 1911 and, admitted to the New York bar in 1912. His list of political
appointments are numerous, including serving as the secretary to the Democratic members of the New York State constitutional
convention in 1915, acting as a member of the legislative secretary for the Child Welfare Commission in 1921 and 1922, appointed
as vice chairman of the legislative committee on the exploitation of immigrants in 1922 and 1923 and serving as delegate at
large to the Democratic National Convention at Philadelphia in 1936. He was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress,
reelected to the Sixty-ninth and to the six succeeding Congresses, serving from November 6, 1923, to January 3, 1939. After
his unsuccessful reelection to the Seventy-sixth Congress, John J. O’Connor practiced law in New York City and Washington,
D.C., until his death in Washington, D.C., January 26, 1960.