Person Sheet

Name Stephen O'MEARA
Birth 26 Jul 1854, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Occupation Newspaper Editor (Boston Journal), Police Commissioner, (Boston)
Education Harvard Grammar School, Charlestown High, Dartmouth (Honorary A.M.)1888
Religion Catholic
Father Stephen O'MEARA Jr. (ca1818-1893)
Mother Maria MEADE (ca1812-1890)
1 Isabella M. SQUIRE
Birth Charlestown
Father Henry SQUIRE
Marriage 5 Aug 18781,2
Children Frances (1879-)
Alice (1880-)
Lucy (1890-)
Notes for Stephen O'MEARA
In most essential respects the boston Journal is an ideal newspaper, combining, as it does, reliability with enterprise and brillianch. The influene which it wields to-day in New England is largely due to the ability of its general manager, Stephen O'Meara, who has done much to improve its various departments, introduced new machinery and methods, changed the old-fashioned folio into a modern quarto, greatly enlarged its resources and maerially increased its circulation.

Mr. O'Meara was born in Charlolttetown, Prince Edward Island, July 26, 1854, and came to Boston with his parents when he was ten years of age. He was educated at the Harvard Grammar School and at the Charlestown High School, from which he graduated with honors. His regular newspaper career began the day after he left school, for he was at once engaged as Charlestown reporter for the Boston Globe, a few months later becoming a member of the reportorial staff. He remained on the Globe until December 1874, when he resigned to accept a position as shorthand reporter on the Boston Journal. His work as political reporter gained him a substantial reputation, and in May, 1879, he ws promoted to the position of city editor. In 1881, after the death of Managing Editor Stockwell, Mr. O'Meara ws advanced to the post of news editor, a position which gave him the immediate direction of all reporters and correspondents, and the supervision of the work of all persons engaged in the collection of news for the Journal. He filled this position for ten years, and on July 1, 1891, became general manager of the paper, when failing health necessitated teh resignation of the late Colonel W.W. Clapp. Mr. O'Meara was for two years president of the Charlestown High School Association, and in 1885 he ws the orator of that organization at its annual reunion. He ws the first instructor in phonography in the Boston Evening High School, in which capacity he served with marked success for four years. He hs been auditor and is now treasurer and a member of the executive committed of the New England Associated Press.

His interest in journalism and his popularity amoung newspaper men are evidenced by the fact that within a few months oafter the organization of the Boston Press Club he was elected its president, in which position he remained for three years. He is at present secretary and treasure of teh Boston Daily Newspaper Association, which is composed of the managers of the Boston daily papers. Mr. O'Meara is a trustee of the Massachusetts State Library by appointment of Governor Brackett. He has been a member of the executive committee of the Republican Club of Massachusetts, and served as member-at-large of the Committee on Resolutions at the Republican State Convention of 1891. In 1888, the honorary degree of master of arts ws conferred upon him by Dartmouth College. Mr O'Meara was married, in 1878 to Miss Isabella M. Squire, of Charlestown, where he now resides with his family of three children. His brother is Henry O'Meara, the poet and Journalist.

Hand-written addendum:

"After Stpehen sold the Journal & retired he was asked to be a reforming Police Commissioner of City of Boston. He introduced one-way streets to boston--quite helpful to traffic in old downtown ('cow paths') Police boat named after Stephen O'Meara."1
Misc. Notes
Misc. Notes
Suffolk Boston O'Meara Stephen Living With Henry Squire 23 Prince Edward Island
O'Meara Isabella Living With Henry Squire 23 Massachusetts
O'Meara Fannie GD 10 mon Massachusetts Granddaughter Of Henry Squire3
Last Modified 12 Dec 2000 Created 23 Mar 2002 by Reunion for Macintosh

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