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Thomas James O’Brien

Thomas James O’Brien, American ambassador.


  • O’Brien, Thomas James was born on July 30, 1842 in Jackson, Michigan, United States. Son of Timothy and Elizabeth (Lander) O’Brien.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Laws, University of Michigan, 1865, Doctor of Laws, 1908.


    • Engaged in law practice at Marshall, Michigan, 1865-1871, and at Grand Rapids from 1871. Assistant and general counsel Grand Rapids & Indiana Railway, 1871-1905. Envoy Extraordinary anu Minister Plenipotentiary to Denmark, 1905-1907.

      Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan, 1907-1911, to Italy, August 11, 1911-September 17, 1913. Candidate for justice Supreme Court of Michigan, 1883. Home: Grand Rapids, Mich.


    • Married Delia Howard, September 4, 1873 (died 1926).
    • father: Timothy O’Brien
    • mother: Elizabeth (Lander) O’Brien
    • spouse: Delia Howard
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    Died March 19, 1933
    (aged 90)