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T.P. O'Connor
Birth: Oct. 5, 1848
Death: Nov. 18, 1929

Irish journalist and politician. Thomas Power O'Connor was born in Athlone in County Westmeath, the eldest son of a shopkeeper. He was educated at Queen's College in Galway, and began his career in journalism on Saunder's Newsletter, a Dublin Conservative daily paper. In 1870, he moved to London in search of work. When the Franco-Prussian War broke out that July, O'Connor obtained a position as sub-editor on the Daily Telegraph, dealing with war news, largely because of his ability to speak both French and German. When, the following year, hostilities ceased, he turned freelance, but found it difficult to make a living until he found work in the London offices of the New York Herald. At this time, he wrote an unsparing attack on Disraeli, "The Life of Lord Beaconsfield", which was serialised anonymously in 1876 and published in book form, with the author's name, in 1879. In 1880, he was elected to the House of Commons as the Member for Galway as a supporter of Parnell, opposing Gladstone's Liberal Government, and was engaged by Lord Morley, the editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, to write a nightly sketch of the proceedings in Parliament. In 1885, he contested and won both Galway and the Scotland division of Liverpool; as he could sit for only one of these, he chose the latter, becoming the first and, possibly, the only Irish Nationalist to represent an English constituency in the House of Commons. In 1885, when Gladstone announced his proposals for Irish Home Rule, O'Connor changed his allegiance from Conservative to Liberal. He continued to hold the seat until his death, becoming the Father of the House, a title which is given to the Member with the longest unbroken period of service. His career in journalism continued; and, in 1887, he founded The Star, which has no connection with the present-day tabloid of the same name, and for which Bernard Shaw wrote a column on music under the pseudonym "Corno di Bassetto." After three years, however, O'Connor quarrelled with the proprietor, and was bought out for 15,000 on condition that he did not start another evening paper for three years. In 1891, O'Connor founded the Sunday Sun, which did, indeed, become an evening paper in 1893, but it was not a success. His last venture into journalism was a magazine, T.P.'s Weekly (1902). In 1917, O'Connor became the first President of the British Board of Film Censors; and, in 1924, he was made a Member of the Privy Council by the first Labour Government. He married Elizabeth Paschal (1850-1931) the daughter of a Supreme Court Judge from Austin in Texas, in 1885; they had no children.  (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 
 
Burial:
St Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery
Kensal Green
London Borough of Brent
Greater London, England
 
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Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Mar 10, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8490822
T.P. O'Connor
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T.P. O'Connor
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