Barratt O'Hara

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Barratt O'Hara
Barratt O'Hara.jpg
Official congressional portrait, 1965
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1969
Preceded by Richard B. Vail
Succeeded by Abner J. Mikva
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951
Preceded by Richard B. Vail
Succeeded by Richard B. Vail
30th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
In office
February 3, 1913 – January 8, 1917
Governor Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne
Preceded by John G. Oglesby
Succeeded by John G. Oglesby
Personal details
Born (1882-04-28)April 28, 1882
St. Joseph, Michigan
Died August 11, 1969(1969-08-11) (aged 87)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
O'Hara in 1912[1]
Barratt O'Hara (right) with his wife

Barratt O'Hara (April 28, 1882 – August 11, 1969) of Chicago was a Democratic U.S. Congressman from Illinois and the last Spanish–American War veteran to serve in congress; born in Saint Joseph, Berrien County, Mich., April 28, 1882; attended the public schools of Berrien Springs and Benton Harbor, Mich.; went to Nicaragua with his father and attended school at San Juan del Norte; at the age of fifteen years enlisted during the Spanish–American War and served as a corporal in Company I, Thirty-third Michigan Volunteer Infantry, at the siege of Santiago; after two years returned to Benton Harbor, Mich., and graduated from high school; reporter, Benton Harbor Evening News, 1900; attended Missouri University in 1901 and 1902 and Northwestern University in 1909 and 1910; graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1912; sporting editor of St. Louis, Mo., Chronicle in 1902 and the Chicago American 1903–1905; editor with Chicago Chronicle in 1906, Chicago Examiner 1907–1910, and Chicago Magazine and Sunday Telegram 1910–1912; Lieutenant Governor of Illinois 1913–1917; chairman of Illinois senate vice and wage investigations 1913–1915; was admitted to the bar in 1912 and commenced the practice of law in Chicago, Ill.; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in 1915; during the First World War served as a major with the Eightieth and Twelfth Infantry Divisions and later as divisional judge advocate of the Fifteenth Division; president of the Arizona Film Co., in 1916 and 1917; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1920, and for Congressman-at-large in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; radio commentator in Chicago 1933–1935; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1951); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress; elected to the Eighty-third and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1969); unsuccessful Democratic candidate for renomination in 1968; died in Washington, D.C., August 11, 1969; interment in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donovan, Henry. "Chicago Eagle". Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
John G. Oglesby
Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
1913–1917
Succeeded by
John G. Oglesby
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard B. Vail
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 2nd congressional district

1949–1951
Succeeded by
Richard B. Vail
Preceded by
Richard B. Vail
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 2nd congressional district

1953–1969
Succeeded by
Abner J. Mikva