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Daniel P. O'Connell

Daniel Patrick O'Connell (November 13, 1885 – February 28, 1977) was the leader of the Democratic Party political machine in Albany County, New York, from about 1919 until his death.

O'Connell was born in Albany, New York, and dropped out of school in the fifth grade, finding work as a bricklayer. In 1919, he was elected County Assessor, and a few years later quit to become the chairman of the County Democratic Committee. In 1921, O’Connell was instrumental in the Democratic victory over the Republican political machine which had been in power in Albany. During the 56 years to come, he would remain behind the scenes, yet had undeniable power in the political life of Albany, determining patronage and essentially ruling the city during the administrations of mayors William Hackett, John Boyd Thacher II and most notably Erastus Corning 2nd.

Further reading

Additional reading: Robinson, Frank, Machine Politics: A Study of Albany's O'Connells State University of New York Press 1977 Albany, New York, Albany Public Library


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