Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Veazie Winthrop O' Hara (1891-1979)

Portrait from the Washington Herald, December 26, 1922.

   After a bit of a break, we're back to highlight the life of oddly named diplomat Veazie Winthrop O'Hara, who gained wide experience in world affairs all before reaching the age of thirty, as he served as U.S. Vice Consul in France, Italy and Spain. One of a handful of oddly named diplomatic officers profiled here over the past five years, O'Hara's first name "Veazie" is also one of the most unique, this being the first instance of it I've ever seen. 
   The third in a trio of oddly named Kansans profiled recently, Veazie Winthrop O'Hara was born on August 23, 1891 in Partridge, Reno County, Kansas. The youngest of ten children born to Henry Clay and Durilla Loretta O'Hara, Veazie W. O'Hara attended the Fairmount College and in 1916 graduated from Clark University in Massachusetts. Prior to his graduation O'Hara worked in civil engineering and also dabbled in the life insurance business for a time.
   In 1915 Veazie O'Hara entered the U.S. consular service, passing an examination in August of that year. He would become a consular assistant in May 1916 and in November of the following year became Vice Consul at Bordeaux, France. He remained in Bordeaux until 1918 and in the next year was transferred to Trieste, Italy. His time in Trieste extended until 192o, and during his service as Vice Consul reported that "there was a great demand for cotton in that city, and that the Banco Italiana di Sconto will take 1,500 bales of cotton on trial consignment."
   O'Hara continued his rise through the diplomatic corps in late 1920 when he was selected as Vice Consul at Barcelona, Spain. Little information could be located on his time in Barcelona, excepting that it lasted two years, with the Washington Herald noting that O'Hara returned to Washington in December 1922.
   Following his return to the United States, Veazie O'Hara married in October 1925 to Belle McLean Callum (1889-1977). The couple would later have two daughters, Constance Belwyn and Dorothy Isabel O'Hara. Despite living to nearly ninety years of age little else could be found on Veazie O'Hara following his time in diplomatic service, excepting a death notice which denotes his being a "retired salesman." Widowed in 1977, O'Hara died in Winter Park, Florida on March 1, 1979 at age 87. He was later interred alongside his wife at the Partridge Cemetery in Partridge, Kansas.

1 comment:

  1. Just read O'Hara's "Into the Wilderness", I think published in 1960. Such a good help to family tree keepers.
    And thanks for this information about O'Hara.