Arthur H. Wicks

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Arthur H. Wicks (December 24, 1887 – February 1985) was an American politician from New York.

Life[edit]

He was born on December 24, 1887, in New York City. He owned a steam laundry in Kingston, New York.

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1927 to 1956, sitting in the 150th, 151st, 152nd, 153rd, 154th, 155th, 156th, 157th, 158th, 159th, 160th, 161st, 162nd, 163rd, 164th, 165th, 166th, 167th, 168th, 169th and 170th New York State Legislatures; and was Temporary President of the State Senate from 1949 to 1953. He was an alternate delegate to the 1940 and 1944, and a delegate to the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Republican National Conventions.

On October 1, 1953 he became Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York,[1] but was forced to resign on November 18, 1953, as Temporary President and Acting Lieutenant Governor when it became known that he had made frequent visits to convicted labor leader Joseph S. Fay while the latter was incarcerated at Sing-Sing prison.[2]

He died in February 1985.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Wicks Is Acting Lieutenant Governor in the New York Times on October 2, 1953 (subscription required)
  2. ^ WICKS RESIGNS POST AS SENATE LEADER IN COMPROMISE STEP in the New York Times on November 19, 1953 (subscription required)
  • William J. Keating, with Richard Carter: The Man Who Rocked the Boat (Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1956, Library of Congress catalog card number: 56-6025)
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Arthur F. Bouton
New York State Senate
29th District

1927–1944
Succeeded by
William F. Condon
Preceded by
Rhoda Fox Graves
New York State Senate
34th District

1945–1956
Succeeded by
E. Ogden Bush
Political offices
Preceded by
Benjamin F. Feinberg
Temporary President of the New York State Senate
1949–1953
Succeeded by
Walter J. Mahoney
Preceded by
Frank C. Moore
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Acting

1953
Succeeded by
Walter J. Mahoney
Acting