John O'Donnell (Lewis County, New York)

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John O'Donnell (1827 Fort Ann, Washington County, New York – August 11, 1899 Brooklyn, New York City) was an American merchant and politician from New York.


He removed first to Lyme, in Jefferson County; and in 1849 to Lowville, in Lewis County. He became a tailor, and later a merchant and builder.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Lewis Co.) in 1864; and a delegate to the 1864 National Union National Convention in Baltimore.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (18th D.) from 1866 to 1869, sitting in the 89th, 90th, 91st and 92nd New York State Legislatures. In 1869, he was appointed as Collector of Internal Revenue. He was Clerk of the New York State Assembly in 1873 and 1874.

He was a New York State Railroad Commissioner from January 30, 1883 to 1887. About 1894, he removed to Brooklyn, and was President of the O'Donnell Steel Track Company.

He died from diabetes at his home in Brooklyn.


New York Assembly
Preceded by
John Chickering
New York State Assembly
Lewis County

Succeeded by
Nathan Clark
New York State Senate
Preceded by
James A. Bell
New York State Senate
18th District

Succeeded by
Norris Winslow