Kingwood Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
|Died||June 12, 1880
|Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark New Jersey|
|Title||Mayor of New York|
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.
He joined the Republican Party and its anti-slavery platform. He was a delegate to the Buffalo Free Soil Party convention in 1848, and served on its committee on resolutions. He was a candidate for U.S. Congress on the Free Soil ticket in New Jersey.
He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 14th D.) in 1859, and was a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention where he played a role in the nomination of Abraham Lincoln.
As mayor, 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.
- 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)."
- Mr. Lincoln and New York: George Opdyke
- Biographical Sketches of the State Officers and Members of the Legislature in the State of New York in 1859 by Wm. D. Murphy (pages 202f; C. Van Benthuysen, Albany NY, 1859)
|Mayor of New York City
Charles Godfrey Gunther