Joseph C. O'Mahoney

Joseph C. O'Mahoney

Joseph C. O'Mahoney (November 5 1884 – December 1 1962) was a United States Senator (Democrat) from Wyoming.

O'Mahoney was born in Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, November 5 1884. He attended the parochial and public schools and Columbia University, New York City. He moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1908 and engaged as a reporter on the Boulder Herald; moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1916 and served as city editor of the Cheyenne State Leader.

O'Mahoney was executive secretary to Senator John B. Kendrick 1917 – 1920. He graduated from the Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C., in 1920. He was admitted to the bar in 1920 and commenced practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Washington, D.C.. He was a member of conference on uniform State laws 1925 – 1926 and a city attorney of Cheyenne, Wyoming from 1929 – 1931.

O'Mahoney was a Democratic National Committeeman from 1929 – 1934. He was appointed First Assistant Postmaster General in 1933 and served until December 31 1933, when he resigned to become a Senator. He was appointed on December 18 1933 as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John B. Kendrick, and elected on November 6 1934, to fill this vacancy and also for the term commencing January 3 1935. He was reelected in 1940 and again in 1946, and served from January 1 1934, to January 3 1953.

O'Mahoney was chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs (78th and 79th congresses), Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (81st and 82nd congresses), co-chairman of the Joint Committee on the Economic Report (81st and 82nd congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952; elected on November 2 1954, to fill the vacancy caused by the suicide death of Lester C. Hunt, and also elected for the full term commencing January 3 1955, and served from November 29 1954, to January 3 1961; was not a candidate for renomination in 1960; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

O'Mahoney died in the naval hospital, Bethesda, Maryland on December 1 1962. His remains are interred in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

ee also

*List of United States Senators from Wyoming


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