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date: 26 October 2020

O’Connor, Quintinlocked

(31 October 1908–3 November 1958),
  • Curtis Jacobs

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one of the most committed and influential working class figures of the first half of twentieth-century Trinidad and Tobago was born on 31 October 1908 at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, of mixed African and Irish ancestry. Henry, his father was manager of a firm of cocoa merchants, and his mother, Virginia, a housewife. He was one of six children born to the couple: Lucy, Philip, Juan, Patrick, and Willie. He received his primary education at Jobie De Souze’s on Park Street, Port-of-Spain, after which he and his brothers attended College of the Immaculate Conception (CIC—St. Mary’s College). His father’s death forced O’Connor out of college without completing the Junior Cambridge Certificate. He showed an early aptitude for politics, and debated with his classmates Arthur Andrew Cipriani’s meetings during the hustings of 1925.

O Connor first worked as a welder before landing a job at Dickson Fraser s hardware store ...

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