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William Douglas O'Connor. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-98112).

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O’Connor, William Douglas (02 January 1832–09 May 1889), author and civil servant, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Peter D. O’Connor, a laborer (mother’s name unknown). O’Connor left home at age eight, after an argument with his father. Except for that incident, nothing is known about his childhood or education. In the 1850s he came under the sway of the Providence, Rhode Island, poet ...