John Patrick O'Brien

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John Patrick O'Brien

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, NY, USA
Place of Burial: Hawthorne, Westchester, New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Patrick O'Brien and Mary O'Brien
Husband of Helen Elizabeth Callanan O'Brien
Father of Gerard J O'Brien; James A O'Brien; Lawrence J O'Brien; John G O'Brien and Helen Betty Forker

Occupation: Mayor of New York City, judge
Managed by: Douglas Arthur Kellner
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About John Patrick O'Brien

John Patrick O'Brien served as the Mayor of New York City from January 1 to December 31, 1933.

O'Brien was born on February 1, 1873 to Mary and Patrick O'Brien. He received his B.A. from College of the Holy Cross and his masters and law degree from Georgetown University. He later served as City Corporation Counsel and as a New York Surrogate Court judge.

Shortly after the surprise resignation of Mayor Jimmy Walker in 1932, Tammany Hall nominated O'Brien for mayor in a special election, and he beat write-in candidate (and Acting Mayor) Joseph V. McKee by more than half a million votes. O'Brien's inauguration was held in the Hall of Records, at 31 Chambers Street in Manhattan, and was devoid of the pageantry that had greeted many of his predecessors. His inauguration speech did not outline a vision for the city, but rather, reflected on the work of the court and the legal profession in general.

O'Brien married Helen E. C. Madigan (c1875-1950) in 1908 and their children include: Gerard J. O'Brien, James A. O'Brien, Lawrence J. O'Brien, John G. O'Brien, and a daughter who married Victor E. Forker.

Although he is credited with expanding the city's ability to collect taxes, restoring order to the city's finances, and trimming the budget, O'Brien was defeated for re-election in a three-way race by the colorful Republican-City Fusion Party candidate, Fiorello H. La Guardia, in November 1933. He served just one year in office.

O'Brien returned to his legal work and served three times as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He died on September 21, 1951 at his home at 40 East 75th Street at 7:25 p.m. He was buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Westchester County.

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John Patrick O'Brien's Timeline

February 1, 1873
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
November 20, 1910
Age 37
New York, New York, New York, United States
Age 38
Age 40
February 11, 1915
Age 42
New York, New York, New York, United States
January 20, 1919
Age 45
New York, New York, New York, United States
September 21, 1951
Age 78
New York, New York, NY, USA
Hawthorne, Westchester, New York, USA