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This article is about the New Jersey politician. For other people, see Charles O'Brien (disambiguation).

Charles Francis Xavier O'Brien (March 7, 1879 – November 14, 1940) was an American Democratic Party politician. He served as U.S. Representative from New Jersey's 12th Congressional District from 1921 to 1925.


O'Brien was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on March 7, 1879. He attended the Jersey City Public Schools, Academy of St. Aloysius and Saint Peter's College. He graduated from Fordham University. He studied law at the New York Law School, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Jersey City. He was a judge of the second criminal court, and was director of public safety of Jersey City from 1917-1921. He was a delegate to the 1920 Democratic National Convention.

O'Brien was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and Sixty-eighth Congresses, serving in office from March 4, 1921-March 3, 1925. He voluntarily retired to accept the position of registrar of records of Hudson County, New Jersey, serving from 1926-1936. He was serving in the city law department at the time of his death in Jersey City on November 14, 1940, and was interred in Holy Name Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James A. Hamill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1921–March 3, 1925
Succeeded by
Mary Teresa Norton


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