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  • ID: I03069
  • Name: Richard T. O'CONNOR 1 2 3 4
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 21 JUN 1857 in Fourth Street, St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN 2 3 4 5 6
  • Burial: 13 AUG 1930 Calvary Cemetery, St. Paul, Ramsey Co, MN 2 3 4
  • RETI: 02 MAY 1920 St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN 7
  • Reference Number: 3132
  • Occupation: Police Commissioner of St. Paul, MN 1900 4
  • Residence: Lived in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN all of his life. 8
  • Event: Fact DEC 1926 Suffered a Paralytic Stroke 4
  • Event: College Notre Dame University 4
  • Death: 11 AUG 1930 in St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN 3 4 9 of Cerebral Hemmorage, Myocardial Insufficency
  • Occupation: Broker 2
  • Occupation: Deputy City Clerk of St. Paul, MN BET 1876 AND 1887 4
  • Occupation: Office Clerk 1880 1
  • Occupation: City Clerk of St. Paul, MN BET 1887 AND 1895 4
  • Occupation: United States Marshall for Minnesota BET 1895 AND 1899 4
  • Occupation: Politics (Democrat) BET 1901 AND 1920 4
  • Residence: 1880 St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN 1
  • Note:
    Obituary of R. T. O'Connor in the Minneapolis Journal, August 11, 1930 pg. 1 (evening edition) and continuing on page 21:
    "R. T. O'Connor Dies; Funeral Wednesday
    National Known Political Leader in St. Paul Had Been Confined to Hospital Bed Four Years. Funeral services for Richard T. O'Connor, or St. Paul, nationally known as a political leader, who died early today at St. Joseph's hospital, will be conducted Wednesday, probably at 9 am at the St. Paul Cathedral. Burial will be at Calvary in a mausoleum in which Mr. O'Connor's brother John is buried. Mr. O'Connor, who was 73 years old, had been a patient at the hospital for four years. He is survived his wife, Nellie, and a daughter Mrs. W.F. Carrington of Coronado, California. Once Mr. O'Connor was known as one of the "big four" in national democratic politics, the others being Charles F. Murphy of New York, Roger Sullivan of Illinois and Thomas Taggart of Indiana. He was a close personal friend of these men and of other eastern political leaders, and was quite as well known on Broadway as on the streets of his native town. He claimed Grover Cleveland as a friend, and was an associate and political advisor to the late James J. Hill. IN his own state and city, Mr. O'Connor took a leading political part. For many years, whithout holding political office himself, he shaped city politics. He was unobtrusive and modest about his part in the game but his judgement was accepted unquestiongly by most of the leaders in city politics. He broke a long silence on the subject on the occasion of a dinner given to him by friends June 7, 1926, at the Ryan Hotel. He was leaving for a vacation trip in Europe and it was a goodby dinner. It proved to be his last public appearance. "I have been in public life for 50 years", said Mr. O'Connor to the dinner guests. "One of the first things I learned was told to me by Richard Croker, who said 'always put up a good man for office.' I have tried to live up to that. They talk about the 'old gang' but we never supported a man for public office who ever stole a nickel."

    Victim of Paralytic Stroke. Major General Hunter Liggett, one of the speakers at the dinner, said Mr. O'Connor had been "a bigger figure in Washington or New York than in St. Paul." Mayor L. C. Hodgson said he was not ashamed to be the friend of the man who had been the personal friend of Grover Cleveland, Judson Harmon, Cushman K. Davis and Frank B. Kellogg. The following December Mr. O'Connor was victim of a stroke which partially paralyzed him, and he had been quite helpless physically since that time, though alert mentally and always interested in politics. Hundreds of messages of congratulations from over the country reached him on his seventieth birthday. Born in St. Paul, June 21, 1857, Mr. O'Connor attended public schools there and later Notre Dame University. His political career began before he was of age, as he was named deputy city clerk of St. Paul in 1876, when only 19 years old. He held that position 11 years and during four years of that time also was a member of the city council. In 1887 he became city clerk, and occupied that office until he was appointed United STate marshal for Minnesota by President Cleveland in 1895. He held the office four years, and in the fall of 1898 was under fire at Leech lake during the Indian troubles.

    Adviser of Three Governors. His brother, the late John T. O'Connor, for a number of years was chief of police of St. Paul. The co-operated closely in politics. R. T. O'Connor was named police commissioner of St. Paul in 1900 and served for a short time. Mr. O'Connor while holding federal office became interested in business as a member of the firm of O'Connor and Van Bergen, brokers, and after leaving office was active in this concern for a number of years. He became increasingly influential in politics with the years. He was a friend and advisors to three democratic governors, John Lind, John A. Johnson and Winfield S. Hammond. In 1912 he worked for the nomination of Judson Harmon of Ohio for president, but at the Baltimore convention, when Governor Harmon was seen to be out of the running, he took part in the final drive which led to the nomination of Woodrow Wilson.

    Gave Liberally to Charities. In city politics Mr. O'Connor had a person follwoing that usually named democratic candidates, in the days when party lines were drawn. Mr. O'Connor had an unusual personality. Handsome in face and figure, whith abundant white hair, he was known widely as "the cardinal". He had a fund of humorous stories, a native wit, and was fond of practical jokes on his friends. He gave liberally to charities of all sorts, and often contrived to increase the contributions of his wealthy friends. Several years ago he retired from business, and spent considerable time in travel and in visits to eastern friends. During his long stay in the hospital he always was cheerful and optimistic, and welcomed scores of friends who were regular callers, ans long as he was able to receive them.

    **There's an article in the St. Paul Dispatch Newspaper on June 21, 1921 (including a photo) with many quotes and information about his life, his interest in politics, his hobbies, his travels and his health.




    Father: John O'CONNOR b: ABT 1826 in Ireland
    Mother: Catherine WOULFE b: ABT 1831 in Ireland

    Marriage 1 NELLIE
      Children
      1. Has No Children Daughter O'CONNOR

      Sources:
      1. Title: 1880 Federal Census, St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN, FHL Film 1254630, National Archives Film T9-0630 pg. 87A
        Note:
        1880 Federal Census, St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN, FHL Film 1254630, National Archives Film T9-0630 pg. 87A, Source Medium: Book
        .
      2. Title: State of Minnesota, Division of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, # 24703, Richard T. O'Connor
        Note:
        State of Minnesota, Division of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, # 24703, Richard T. O'Connor, Source Medium: Book
        .
      3. Title: Calvary Cemetery Office Records, Front St., St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN
        Note:
        Calvary Cemetery Office Records, Front St., St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN, Source Medium: Book
        .
        Page: Section 6, Block 52, lots 2 and 3, age 73 at time of death, buried 13 Aug 1930
      4. Title: Minneapolis Journal, August 11, 1930, pg 1 and 21, Obituary of R. T. O'Connor
        Note:
        Minneapolis Journal, August 11, 1930, pg 1 and 21, Obituary of R. T. O'Connor, Source Medium: Book
        .
      5. Title: St. Paul Dispatch, Tuesday June 21, 1921, arcticle about R. T. O'Connor
        Note:
        St. Paul Dispatch, Tuesday June 21, 1921, arcticle about R. T. O'Connor, Source Medium: Book
        .
        Page: "I was born on Fourth Street in the building adjoining the State Savings bank, and have lived in this city all my life."
      6. Title: 1880 Federal Census, St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN, FHL Film 1254630, National Archives Film T9-0630 pg. 87A
        Note:
        1880 Federal Census, St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN, FHL Film 1254630, National Archives Film T9-0630 pg. 87A, Source Medium: Book
        .
        Text: age 22 at time of census, born in Minnesota
      7. Title: St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 2, 1920 (picture and caption announcing his retirement)
        Note:
        St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 2, 1920 (picture and caption announcing his retirement), Source Medium: Book
        .
      8. Title: St. Paul Dispatch, Tuesday June 21, 1921, arcticle about R. T. O'Connor
        Note:
        St. Paul Dispatch, Tuesday June 21, 1921, arcticle about R. T. O'Connor, Source Medium: Book
        .
      9. Title: State of Minnesota, Division of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, # 24703, Richard T. O'Connor
        Note:
        State of Minnesota, Division of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, # 24703, Richard T. O'Connor, Source Medium: Book
        .
        Page: age 73 years, 1 month, 20 days at time of death
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