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was the 31st mayor of Boston, from 1884–1888. O'Brien is notable as Boston's first Irish mayor, having emigrated
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from Ireland to America in the early 1830s. O'Brien was the editor of the Shipping and Commercial List
, and served as a Boston alderman
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, from 1875–83.