George Opdyke

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George Opdyke
George Opdyke - Brady-Handy.jpg
Born John Opdyke
Kingwood Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Died June 12, 1880
New York
Resting place
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark New Jersey
Title Mayor of New York
Political party

George Opdyke (1805 – June 12, 1880) was an entrepreneur and the 76th Mayor of New York City (1862 to 1863) during the American Civil War.

Early life[edit]

Opdyke was born in Kingwood Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.[1] During the 1820s he lived in Cleveland, Ohio and New Orleans, Louisiana.


Opdyke's tomb

Opdyke was a member of the Republican Party on its anti-slavery platform. He was a delegate to the Buffalo Free Soil Party convention in 1848, and served on its committee on resolutions, as well as standing as a candidate for the U.S. Congress on the Free Soil ticket in New Jersey.

In 1859, he was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 14th D.), and was a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention, where he played a role in the nomination of Abraham Lincoln.

As mayor of New York, Opdyke recruited and equipped troops for the war and responded to draft riots. His company was the largest clothing manufacturing and merchandiser in the area.

Opdyke died in New York in 1880 and was buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Newark, New Jersey.


  1. ^ Mooney, James E. George Opdyke, Encyclopedia of New York City. Accessed May 29, 2013. "(b Kingwood Township, near Frenchtown, N.J., 7 Dec 1805; d New York City, 12 June 1880)."

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fernando Wood
Mayor of New York City
Succeeded by
Charles Godfrey Gunther