James O'Brien (U.S. Congressman)

James O'Brien

James O'Brien (March 13, 1841 – March 5, 1907) of New York City, born in Ireland, was a U.S. Representative from New York from 1879 to 1881.


O'Brien was born in Ireland in County Kings (since renamed). He attended the common schools, then immigrated to the United States in 1861.

O'Brien served as alderman of New York City in 1864 and 1866, then became Sheriff of New York County, New York in 1867. He served in the New York State Senate in 1872 and 1873, during which time he founded the Apollo Hall Democracy. He was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of New York City in 1873 and an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress.

O'Brien was then elected as an Independent Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879 - March 3, 1881), but was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1880. He then worked as a stock broker until his death.

He died in Manhattan, New York City on March 5, 1907 at the age of 65.[1] He was buried in Calvary Cemetery on Long Island.


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New York State Senate
Preceded by
John J. Bradley
New York State Senate
7th District

Succeeded by
Thomas A. Ledwith
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Abram Hewitt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Abram Hewitt
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