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Thomas J. O'Hara, president of the Vallejo Commercial National Bank and of The Vallejo Bank of Savings, present president of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, at one time clerk of the city of Vallejo, formerly and for years one of the best known merchants in that city, a man of large realty holdings and for years one of the most active and influential factors in the general development of the city, is a native son of Vallejo and has always lived here, hence having been a witness to and a participant in the development of the community since the days that might properly be regarded as having been a part of the pioneer period here. Born on July 12, 1870, Mr. O'Hara was reared at Vallejo and there had his schooling. As a young man he became employed in the operations of the navy yard at Mare Island and later became a clerk in a local grocery store for the purpose of learning the business, there laying the foundation for his later successful mercantile operations. Popular in the city, he was elected city clerk and by reelection without opposition served two terms in that office, at the end of which time he entered the old Vallejo Commercial Bank (now the Vallejo Commercial National Bank, of which he is the executive head), going in as an accountant and presently being promoted to the post of assistant cashier. After serving for some time in this connection, he resigned his position in the bank and became engaged in the grocery business in Vallejo, later on being elected a director of the bank.

In 1922, following the death of W. K. Cole, president of this bank, Mr. O'Hara was elected president of the bank and has since been serving in that administrative capacity, at the same time serving as president of the allied Vallejo Bank of Savings, head of the oldest financial institution in the county, for the old Vallejo Commercial Bank was organized in 1870 and has thus for fifty-six years been a continuing force for good in the promotion of the varied interests of the favored region covered by its prudent service. In addition to his banking interests, Mr. O'Hara has extensive realty and other interests of a substantial character in and about Vallejo and has for years been a dependable factor in the general commercial and industrial life of the community. His service years ago as city clerk gave him a close insight into the civic needs of the community and he has ever retained his keen interest in local political affairs, a potent influence in the promotion of all measures designed to advance the common welfare.

In 1905, at San Francisco, Thomas J. O'Hara was united in marriage to Miss Agnes I. Griffin, who was born at San Francisco, and they have five children: Thomas J., Jr., Virginia, Paul and James and Irene, the two last named of whom are twins. The O'Haras are members of the Roman Catholic church and Mr. O'Hara is one of the active members of the local council (No. 874) of the Knights of Columbus. He is a past president of the Vallejo parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West and is a past exalted ruler of the local lodge (No. 559) of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. From the time of its organization he has ever taken an interested and influential part in the activities of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce and is now serving as president of that useful body for the second time.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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