Mark M. Fagan
|Mark Matthew Fagan|
|27th and 29th Mayor of Jersey City|
|Preceded by||Edward Hoos|
|Succeeded by||H. Otto Wittpenn|
|Preceded by||H. Otto Wittpenn|
|Succeeded by||Frank Hague|
September 29, 1869|
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Died||July 16, 1955
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Residence||Jersey City, New Jersey|
He was born on September 29, 1869 in Jersey City. He had little formal education, and as a youth, he worked for his uncle as an undertaker. A Republican, he entered politics while still in his twenties becoming a county freeholder though he was not re-elected.
In 1901, Republican Party boss, Colonel Samuel D. Dickinson, asked him to run for mayor, which Fagan did and won becoming the 27th mayor of Jersey City. At age 32, he was the youngest mayor elected in Jersey City until that time and only the fifth Republican. He was re-elected for three consecutive two-year terms however, after feuding with his own party, he was defeated for re-election in 1907 by H. Otto Wittpenn. He unsuccessfully ran again in 1909.
In 1913, Jersey City went to a city commission form of government, and Fagan was elected commissioner. He was then chosen by his colleagues to be mayor once more. As mayor, he was famous for building schools. In 1917, he stepped down as mayor, retired from politics and continued his career as an undertaker.
- "Jersey City's New Mayor. Mark M. Fagan Makes Public His Appointments. Office Holders Selected from the Democratic as Well as the Republican Party.". New York Times. January 1, 1901. Retrieved 2008-04-23. "Mark M. Fagan, Jersey City's new Republican Mayor, will enter upon his duties at noon today, when he and Edward Hoos, the retiring Mayor, who is a Democrat, will receive calls together in the Mayor's office at the City Hall. Mayor Fagan announced his appointments yesterday."
- Sullivan, Joseph F. (1993-05-12). "Mayor of Jersey City Wins Re-election". New York Times. "Mr. Schundler, 34, a former investment counselor, became the first Republican mayor here since 1917 when he won a special election in a crowded field in November."
- Holy Name Cemetery, The Political Graveyard. Accessed August 15, 2007.
- "Ex-Mayor Fagan Ill in Jersey". New York Times. March 19, 1955. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
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