Joseph Francis OâCONNELL, Congress, MA (1872-1942)


OâCONNELL, Joseph Francis, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., December 7, 1872; attended the Mather School of Boston and prepared for college at St. Maryâs Parochial School; was graduated from Boston College in 1893 and from the law department of Harvard University in 1896; was admitted to the Suffolk bar in 1897 and commenced practice in Boston; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1910; resumed the practice of law in Boston, Mass.; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1912 and 1920; member of the Massachusetts constitutional convention 1918-1920; appointed member of the National Conference on Uniform State Laws by Gov. David I. Walsh September 2, 1914; reappointed by each succeeding Governor until his death; member of the State commission to revise the charter of the city of Boston in 1923; professor of law and vice president of the board of trustees of Suffolk Law School, Boston, Mass.; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 1930 and for mayor of Boston in 1933; died in Boston, Mass., December 10, 1942; interment in St. Josephâs Cemetery, West Roxbury, Mass.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present