For the Michael Patrick O'Connor who was an Irish doctor, author and broadcaster, see Michael P. O'Connor (writer)
Michael Patrick O'Connor
Frontispiece of 1882's Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Michael P. O'Connor, a Representative from South Carolina
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Carolina's 2nd district
March 4, 1879 – April 26, 1881
|Preceded by||Richard H. Cain|
|Succeeded by||Edmund W.M. Mackey|
|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from St. Philip's and St. Michael's Parish|
November 22, 1858 – December 23, 1864
|Born||September 29, 1831|
Beaufort, South Carolina
|Died||April 26, 1881 (aged 49)|
Charleston, South Carolina
|Alma mater||St. John's College|
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Branch/service||Confederate States Army|
|Years of service||1861-1865|
Born in Beaufort, South Carolina, O'Connor attended the public schools and was graduated from St. John's College, Fordham, New York, in 1850. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Charleston, South Carolina. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate military as a lieutenant in the Lafayette Light Artillery.
He served as member of the South Carolina House of Representatives 1858-1866. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1872 and 1876. He argued against secession in the state house of representatives.
He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1874 to the Forty-fourth and in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congresses, but was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881). He received credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-seventh Congress, but died, pending a contest by Edmund W.M. Mackey (which subsequently resulted successfully for the contestant), in Charleston, South Carolina, April 26, 1881. He was interred in St. Lawrence Cemetery.
- Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Michael P. O'Connor, a Representative from South Carolina. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office. 1882.
- United States Congress. "Michael P. O'Connor (id: O000031)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Michael P. O'Connor at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Richard H. Cain
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd congressional district
Edmund W.M. Mackey