O'CONNOR, James Francis (1878-1945)

O'CONNOR, JAMES FRANCIS, a Representative from Montana; born on a farm near California Junction, Iowa, May 7, 1878; attended the grade schools and normal school in Iowa; was graduated from the law department of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1904; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Livingston, Mont., in 1905; also engaged in stock raising, ranching, and banking; judge of the sixth judicial district of Montana in 1912; member of the State house of representatives 1917-1918 and served as speaker; special counsel for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., in 1918; member of Park County High School Board for a number of years; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, until his death in Washington, D.C., on January 15, 1945; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Seventy-eighth Congress); interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Livingston, Mont.

Montana State University Libraries
Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Bozeman, MT
Papers: 1937-1945, 3 linear feet.
The collection of James Francis O'Connor consists of office files kept in the Livingston office during his career in the U.S. House of Representatives. The office was managed by Miles O'Connor, the Congressman's son, who was also his law partner. Included are papers pertaining to James O'Connor's ranch properties in Park County, Montana; topical files concerning a wide variety of subject matter, including: the WPA, Farm Credit Administration, House Committee on Indian Affairs, the America First Committee, the Fort Peck Dam, Senator James E. Murray, and Senator Burton K. Wheeler. The papers also contain newspaper clippings, speeches, and photographs. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

  • Roots, Roger. Montana's Lost Cause: Isolationism and the Montana Congressional Delegation, 1937-1946. Big Timber, Mont.: Sweet Grass Press, 1997.
  • United States. 79th Cong., 1st sess., 1945. House. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of James Francis O'Connor, late a Representative from Montana. Seventy-ninth Congress, first session. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1947.