Archives of Maryland
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Herbert R. O'Conor
MSA SC 3520-1482

Governor of Maryland 1939-1947 (Democrat)

BornNovember 17, 1896, Herbert Romulus O'Conor 1
FatherJames P. A. O'Conor2
MotherMary A. (Galvin) O'Conor3
Education:  Loyola College, B.A., 1917, L.L.D., 1924; University of Maryland Law School, LL.B., 19204
Religious AffiliationCatholic5
MarriageNovember 24, 1920 to Eugenia Byrnes6
ChildrenHerbert R., Jr., Eugene F., Mary Patricia, James P., Robert7
Military Service:
            Yeoman 3rd Class, U.S. Naval Reserve Force, 1918
            Promoted to Yeoman 2nd Class, 1918;
            Inactive January 19198
Positions held:
            Admitted to the bar, 1919
            Reporter, Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Evening Sun, 1919-1920
            Practiced law, Baltimore
            Director, Fidelity-Baltimore National Bank and Trust Company
            Director, Arundel Corporation
            Member, Senior Advisory Council, McCormick Company
            General Counsel, American Merchant Marine Institute
            Assistant state's attorney, Baltimore, 1921-1922
            People's counsel to Public Service Commission, 1923
            State's attorney, Baltimore, 1923-1934
            Attorney general, 1934-1938
             President, National Association of Attorneys General, 1937
            Governor of Maryland, 1939-1947 (resigned January 3, 1947 to accept a seat in the U.S. Senate)
            Chairman, National Governor's Conference, 1942
            President and national chairman, Council of State governments, 1943
            National chairman (ex-officio), Interstate Commission on Postwar Reconstruction and Development, 1943-1946
            U.S. Senator, 1947-19539
Died: March 4, 1960 in Baltimore10
Burial:  New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore11

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