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Arthur J. O'Keefe

Born: Nov 8, 1876

Death: Nov 14, 1943

Birthplace: New Orleans

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Arthur J. O'Keefe

Date of Birth : Nov 8, 1876
Date of Death : Nov 14, 1943
Birth Place : New Orleans

Arthur Joseph O’Keefe, Sr., was mayor of New Orleans from 1926 through 1929. Born in New Orleans, O’Keefe was the son of Arthur O’Keefe and the former Sarah Hanley. He was educated at the Roman Catholic St. Aloysius High School and later went into business, eventually running his own coffee import company. He was also vice-president of the American Bank and Trust Company and director of the Lafayette Fire Insurance Company and the Mutual Building and Loan Association. He married Mamie McDonald of New Orleans in 1901. Before becoming mayor, O’Keefe was a prominent member of the Regular Democratic Organization, the political machine that had dominated New Orleans for decades. He served as the RDO's Tenth Ward boss, the city’s Commissioner for Public Finance from 1925 to 1926, and after long-time mayor Martin Behrman died in office O’Keefe was elevated to serve the remainder of Behrman’s term. O’Keefe’s term in office was marked by a controversy over whether two bridges over the Rigolets and Chef Menteur Pass would be toll-free bridges as advocated by Public Service Commissioner Huey Pierce Long, Jr., or toll bridges operated by a firm controlled by the mayor's political allies.


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