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Maj Thomas O'Conner
Birth: unknown
Death: Oct. 19, 1882
Knoxville
Knox County
Tennessee, USA

Folk Figure. The gunfight which left Joseph Mabry Sr, his son Joseph Jr, and Thomas O'Conner dead was immortalized in Mark Twain's book, "Life on The Mississippi." Thomas O'Conner was a bank president and one of the richest men in Tennessee. Following a business dispute, Joseph Mabry, Sr, a wealthy (and eccentric) businessman, threatened his life. The next day, O'Conner shot him dead on Gay Street in Knoxville. The victim's son, lawyer Joseph Mabry, Jr., was nearby. He and O'Conner became involved in a gunfight which left them both dead. Twain, intrigued by the story, recalled the event in Chapter 40 of his book, "Life on The Mississppi." (His name was incorrectly spelled as O'Connor in the book.) (bio by: Evening Blues) 
 
Burial:
Old Gray Cemetery
Knoxville
Knox County
Tennessee, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Evening Blues
Record added: Nov 02, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8053351
Maj Thomas O'Conner
Added by: Evening Blues
 
Maj Thomas O'Conner
Added by: Evening Blues
 
Maj Thomas O'Conner
Added by: Evening Blues
 
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- Lance
 Added: Aug. 31, 2012

- Tammy Robinson
 Added: Jun. 25, 2012
The other grave alongside Thos O'Conner is Fannie Renshaw House O'Conner, his wife.
- Jules61
 Added: Apr. 7, 2012
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