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From: machiekat <>
Subject: [US-OBITS] John J. O'CONNELL Jr., 4 Sep 1954, NY
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2001 17:25:05 -0500

NY Journal-American, Sunday, September 5, 1954

"O'Connell Jr., Kin of Albany Democrat

ALBANY, Sept. 4 (AP) - John J. O'Connell Jr., nephew of Albany
Democratic leader, Daniel P. O'Connell, died today in an Albany

Mr. O'Connell, executive vice president of an Albany brewing company,
received nationwide publicity in 1933 when he was kidnaped and held for
ransom. He eventually was released unharmed.

He was chairman of the Albany County Democratic Committee from 1940
through 1946.

He was succeeded by his uncle dan who long has been the Democratic chief
of Albany County, whether holding the title of chairman or not.


He was a 24-year-old National Guard lieutenant when kidnaped here in
1933 and held captive for 23 days. He was released when his uncle paid
a $40,000 ransom.

Eight men said by Federal authorities to have comprised part of the
nation's largest organized kidnaping ring got prison terms ranging from
28 to 77 years for the crime."

Kat in VA

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