Leon John O'Brien

Brief Life History of Leon John

When Leon John O'Brien was born on 28 September 1900, his father, John K. O'Brien, was 27 and his mother, Jane Louise Balme, was 23. He married Beatrice Viola Staffanson in 1949. He lived in Minnetrista, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States in 1920 and Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States in 1930. He died on 8 March 1977, at the age of 76, and was buried in Wennersborg Cemetery, Kensington, Douglas, Minnesota, United States.

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Leon John O'Brien
1900–1977
Beatrice Viola Staffanson
1910–2006
Marriage: 1949

Sources (9)

  • Leon J Obrien, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Leon John O'Brien, "Minnesota, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1947"
  • Leon J. O'Brien, "Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002"

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World Events (8)

1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

1906 · The End of Capital Punishment

Between the state's entry into the Union and 1906, 27 people were executed by hanging in Minnesota. Public opinion soon shifted against the death penalty in the state and was formally abolished in 1911. Since its abolishment, there have been 23 attempts to reinstate the death penalty, but none of these bills passed the state legislature.

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Irish Brendan, Dermot, Liam, Brigid, Declan, Donovan, John Patrick, Kieran, Colm, Donal, Brennan, Caitlin.

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Briain ‘descendant of Brian’, a personal name probably based on the element bre- ‘hill’, with the transferred sense ‘eminence’, i.e. ‘exalted one’. See also Bryan . In Ireland there has also been some confusion with O'Byrne (see Byrne ).

History: This name is borne in particular by one of the greatest of Irish septs, descendants of Brian Boru, who rose to the high kingship of Ireland in 1002.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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