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O'Conor, Charles

Charles O'Conor.

Charles O'Conor achieved prominence as a New York attorney and as counsel for the prosecution in the trial of the notorious Tweed Ring.

O'Conor was born January 22, 1804, in New York City. After his Admission to the Bar in 1824, O'Conor practiced law in New York for twenty years, specializing in corporation law. He attended the New York Constitutional Convention in 1846 and served as U.S. district attorney from 1853 to 1854.

In 1871 O'Conor began a four-year term as special deputy attorney general for New York State. During his tenure he acted as counsel for the prosecution in the trial of William M. ("Boss") Tweed and his followers, who controlled a corrupt political machine in New York City. The trial resulted in the disbandment of the Tweed Ring.

The year 1872 was a presidential election year and O'Conor was nominated for the presidency by a faction of the Democratic Party known as the Straight-Out Democrats. After his unsuccessful presidential campaign, O'Conor served, in 1877, as counsel during the investigation of the controversial Rutherford B. Hayes-Samuel Tilden election results.

O'Conor died May 12, 1884, in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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IN HIS CHARACTERISTICALLY insightful remarks in the final essay of this collection devoted to the "life and works" of Charles O'Conor of Ballinagare, Joep Leerssen describes O'Conor "as one of the most important cultural mediators between native and ascendancy Ireland" (248).
and Barbara Coogan Ward (The Letters of Charles O'Charles O'Conor of Belanagare, 2 vols, Ann Arbor, 1980; and Letters of Charles O'Conor of Belanagare: A Catholic Voice in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, Washington, 1988.
Charles O'Conor was the first Catholic presidential candidate in 1872, receiving only 29,000 votes.
Brooke was helped by Thomas Percy, Church of Ireland bishop of Dromore and author of Reliques of English Poetry (1765), from whom she borrowed her title; the Protestant antiquaries Joseph Cooper Walker and Charles Vallancey, and by the Catholic antiquaries, Charles O'Conor and Sylvester O'Halloran.
Catholics working for the repeal of the Penal Laws, including Charles O'Conor of Belengare, were especially careful to downplay the Roman connection, since Ireland's alleged political obedience to Rome was a major factor in the passage and continued enforcement of the Penal Laws.