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James E. O'Hara


In office
March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1887
Preceded by Orlando Hubbs
Succeeded by Furnifold M. Simmons

Born February 26, 1844(1844-02-26)
New York City
Died September 15, 1905 (aged 61)
New Bern, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Profession Lawyer

James E. O'Hara James Edward O'Hara was an African American Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1883 to 1887, representing North Carolina during part of the Reconstruction era.

O'Hara was born in New York City on February 26, 1844. He studied law in North Carolina and at Howard University. After serving as clerk for the 1868 state convention that drafted a new state constitution,[1] he served in a similar role in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1868-1869. Later, he was elected chairman of the board of commissioners for Halifax County, North Carolina (1872-1876). He was admitted to the bar in 1873 and practiced law. O'Hara was also a member of the state constitutional convention of 1875 representing Halifax County.[2]

O'Hara was elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1887). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress (Furnifold M. Simmons was elected), and resumed the practice of law in New Bern, North Carolina and died there on September 15, 1905, aged 61.

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