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Frank James O’Brien

Frank James O’Brien, business executive. Member Baltimore Better Business Bureau (president).


  • O’Brien, Frank James was born on February 10, 1888 in North Andover, Massachusetts, United States. Son of James and Frances (Minahan) O’B.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth, 1909.


    • Started as student Western Electric Company, Chicago, New York City, 1911-1913. With Arco Company, Cleveland, 1912-1913. Industrial engineer Tropical Paint & Oil Corporation, Cleveland, 1913-1914.

      Industrial engineer Massachusetts Paint & Oil Corporation, Boston, 1914. Vice president Southern Can Company, Baltimore, 1915-1928. With Continental Can Company, Inc., New York City, 1928-1944, vice-president, director 1935-1944.

      President and director Metal & Thermit Corporation 1945-1954, Chairman of the Board, chief Executive officer, 1954-1955, Chairman of the Board, director since 1955. President, director Tin & Chemical Corporation, Chromium Corporation American. Director Hanover Fire Insurance Company, Fulton Fire Insurance Company.


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Member Baltimore Better Business Bureau (president). Clubs: president Advertising (Baltimore).


    • Married Helen Josephine Costello, December 26, 1912. Children: Frank James, Mary Elizabeth, John, Robert Dennis.
    • father: James O’B.
    • mother: Frances (Minahan) O’B.
    • spouse: Helen Josephine Costello
    • children: Frank James O’Brien
    • Mary Elizabeth O’Brien
    • John O’Brien
    • Robert Dennis O’Brien
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    Died June 21, 1964
    (aged 76)