Barratt O’Hara Papers

Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago - Special Collections and University Archives
Address:
Richard J. Daley Library
801 S. Morgan St., Room 3-330
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-996-2742
Website
Date: 1948-1968
Extent: 64 Linear Feet
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Abstract
Biographical/Historical Note:
Barratt O'Hara (1882-1969) enjoyed one of Illinois' longest legislative careers. He represented the Second Congressional District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1948 until 1968. Prior to his election to Congress, he was the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 1913-1917, and a partner in the law firm of William H. Sexton, 1939-1948, representing the city of Chicago in traction litigation and subway construction cases. Barratt O'Hara was elected to Congress as a Democrat and sat on the House Banking and Currency Committee, the House Sub-Committee on Housing, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Sub-Committee on Africa.

Scope and Content Note:
The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, legal records, congressional resolutions, agendas and minutes, maps, building plans, press releases, poll sheets, poems, sheet music, programs, bibliographies, and photographs. The materials pertain to such issues as public housing, medical insurance, the Indiana Dunes, veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Peace Corps, new independent nations in Africa, Israel-U.S. relations, the United Nations, the war in Vietnam, the House Un-American Activities Committee, the Soviet Union, and the extension of the draft.

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