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 Joseph Patrick O'Hara

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Joseph Patrick O'Hara Famous memorial

Birth
Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa, USA
Death
4 Mar 1975 (aged 80)
Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial
Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID
6402812 View Source

US Congressman. He was born one of eight children to Patrick Frank O'Hara (1860-), and his wife Catharine Doyle O'Hara (1860-1900). Unfortunately both his parents had passed away when he was still young and he was raised by family friends. He was educated locally and he attended the common public schools, eventually graduating from the Spirit Lake High School in Spirit Lake, Iowa. During World War II, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the Officers' Reserve Corps and later promoted to the rank of Captain in the Quartermaster Corps, serving from May 13, 1917, to August 15, 1919. He saw action overseas including in Brest, France, and was lastly commissioned a Major of Infantry in the Officers' Reserve Corps. Following the war and his military service, he then attended the Inns of Court in London, England, and upon his return to the United States, he played football in the position of halfback for Knute Rockne in 1916. He studied law at the prestigious Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, and graduated from the law department there in 1920. He was admitted to the bar in 1921, and commenced his law practice in Glencoe, Minnesota, shortly thereafter. He served as an Attorney for various villages, towns, cities, and school districts and as County Attorney for McLeod County, Minnesota, from 1934 to 1938. He then decided to enter politics and he ran for a seat in the United States Congress and won replacing the outgoing United States Representative Elmer James Ryan (1907-1958), on January 3, 1941. A Member of the Republican Party, he then served Minnesota's 2nd District (Seventy-Seventh Congress, Seventy-Eighth Congress, Seventy-Ninth Congress, Eightieth Congress, Eighty-First Congress, Eighty-Second Congress, Eighty-Third Congress, Eighty-Fourth Congress, and Eighty-Fifth Congress), in the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1942, to January 3, 1959. During his time in the United States Congress, he voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which was the first federal civil rights legislation passed by the United States Congress since the Civil Rights Act of 1875. The bill was passed by the Eighty-Fifth United States Congress and signed into law by then-President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 9, 1957. He was also a Member of the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee and served as Vice Chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee. He was not a Candidate for reelection to represent the Eighty-Sixth Congress in 1958. After his term in the United States Congress expired he was succeeded in office by United States Representative Ancher Nelsen (1904-1992), on January 3, 1959. After his time in the United States Congress, he resumed his practice of law in the Washington, D.C., area where he had lived until his death. He was married to Leila Lee White O'Hara (1895-1980), with whom he had three children including, a son named Joseph Patrick O'Hara Jr. (1922-2004). He was a longtime member of both the American Bar Association and the American Legion.

US Congressman. He was born one of eight children to Patrick Frank O'Hara (1860-), and his wife Catharine Doyle O'Hara (1860-1900). Unfortunately both his parents had passed away when he was still young and he was raised by family friends. He was educated locally and he attended the common public schools, eventually graduating from the Spirit Lake High School in Spirit Lake, Iowa. During World War II, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the Officers' Reserve Corps and later promoted to the rank of Captain in the Quartermaster Corps, serving from May 13, 1917, to August 15, 1919. He saw action overseas including in Brest, France, and was lastly commissioned a Major of Infantry in the Officers' Reserve Corps. Following the war and his military service, he then attended the Inns of Court in London, England, and upon his return to the United States, he played football in the position of halfback for Knute Rockne in 1916. He studied law at the prestigious Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, and graduated from the law department there in 1920. He was admitted to the bar in 1921, and commenced his law practice in Glencoe, Minnesota, shortly thereafter. He served as an Attorney for various villages, towns, cities, and school districts and as County Attorney for McLeod County, Minnesota, from 1934 to 1938. He then decided to enter politics and he ran for a seat in the United States Congress and won replacing the outgoing United States Representative Elmer James Ryan (1907-1958), on January 3, 1941. A Member of the Republican Party, he then served Minnesota's 2nd District (Seventy-Seventh Congress, Seventy-Eighth Congress, Seventy-Ninth Congress, Eightieth Congress, Eighty-First Congress, Eighty-Second Congress, Eighty-Third Congress, Eighty-Fourth Congress, and Eighty-Fifth Congress), in the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1942, to January 3, 1959. During his time in the United States Congress, he voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which was the first federal civil rights legislation passed by the United States Congress since the Civil Rights Act of 1875. The bill was passed by the Eighty-Fifth United States Congress and signed into law by then-President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 9, 1957. He was also a Member of the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee and served as Vice Chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee. He was not a Candidate for reelection to represent the Eighty-Sixth Congress in 1958. After his term in the United States Congress expired he was succeeded in office by United States Representative Ancher Nelsen (1904-1992), on January 3, 1959. After his time in the United States Congress, he resumed his practice of law in the Washington, D.C., area where he had lived until his death. He was married to Leila Lee White O'Hara (1895-1980), with whom he had three children including, a son named Joseph Patrick O'Hara Jr. (1922-2004). He was a longtime member of both the American Bar Association and the American Legion.

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