Leadership

THOMAS O’CONNOR, CHIEF OF THE NEW ORLEANS DEPARTMENT.

Issue 16 and Volume 12.

THOMAS O’CONNOR, CHIEF OF THE NEW ORLEANS DEPARTMENT. The subject of our sketch, Thomas O’Connor, was born in the city of New Orleans, on June 29, 1839. At an early age he was apprenticed to the pattern making and machine trade. After acquiring considerable knowledge in this he went into the blacksmith business, and continued in this until he became master of the profession in all its branches, as was attested by him conducting one of the largest foundries in this city. At the age of fifteen he became a member of Hose Company No. 19, which was in these days composed of young men, and ran independent of the regular engine companies. In August, 1858, he became a member of Columbia Company No. 5, and has served in all the stations within the gift of this company, having also served several terms as delegate to the Firemen’s Charitable Association.…

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