Martin H. Glynn

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For the Irish Roman Catholic priest, see Martin Glynn (priest).
Martin Henry Glynn
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40th Governor of New York
In office
October 17, 1913 – December 31, 1914
Lieutenant Robert F. Wagner (acting)
Preceded by William Sulzer
Succeeded by Charles S. Whitman
Personal details
Born (1871-09-27)September 27, 1871
Valatie, New York
Died December 14, 1924(1924-12-14) (aged 53)
Albany, New York
Political party Democratic
Religion Roman Catholic

Martin Henry Glynn (September 27, 1871 – December 14, 1924) was an American politician. He was the 40th Governor of New York from 1913 to 1914, the first Irish American Roman Catholic head of government of what was then the most populated state of the US.

Life[edit]

Glynn was born in the town of Kinderhook, N.Y., but shortly afterward his family moved to Valatie, N.Y. He graduated from Fordham University in 1894, then studied at Albany Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1897. From 1896 on, he wrote for the Albany Times-Union daily newspaper, becoming eventually its editor, publisher and owner.

Glynn was elected as a Democrat to the 56th United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1899, to March 3, 1901. He was New York State Comptroller from 1907 to 1908, elected in 1906, but defeated for re-election in 1908 by Republican Charles H. Gaus.

He was elected Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1912 on the ticket with William Sulzer, and succeeded to the governorship upon Sulzer's impeachment and removal from office in 1913. He was the first Catholic New York governor, but was defeated for re-election by Charles S. Whitman in 1914.

He was a delegate to the 1916 and 1924 Democratic National Conventions. As the keynote speaker at the 1916 National Democratic Convention, Glynn delivered one of his most famous speeches, praising the accomplishments of President Woodrow Wilson and the platform of the Democratic Party.

Martin Glynn was active in the Progressive movement and had an interest in Irish-American affairs.

Glynn committed suicide by gunshot in 1924, after having suffered from chronic back pain from a spinal injury throughout his adult life. Though the cause of death was listed on his death certificate, the local media reported that Glynn died of heart trouble.[1] The true story of his death was publicized in Dominick Lizzi's 1994 biography.[2][3] He was buried at the St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, New York.

"The Crucifixion of Jews Must Stop!"[edit]

Glynn's article "The Crucifixion of Jews Must Stop!" was published in the October 31, 1919, issue of The American Hebrew; in it he lamented the poor conditions for European Jews after World War I. Glynn referred to these conditions as a potential "holocaust" and asserted that "six million Jewish men and women are starving across the seas".[4][5][6] It is claimed by Prof. Robert N. Proctor that: "The oddity has been exploited by Holocaust deniers but is simply a remarkable coincidence and nothing more." [7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ex-Gov. Glynn Dies Suddenly In Albany Home. Stricken With a Heart Attack After His Return From a Boston Sanitarium". New York Times. December 14, 1924. Retrieved 2014-08-01. "Former Governor Martin H. Glynn died in his home here today. Mr. Glynn returned yesterday from a hospital in the suburbs of Boston, where he had been under treatment during the last two months for spinal trouble of long standing. Members of his family said he complained last night of not feeling well, but attributed it to the trip" 
  2. ^ Dominick C. Lizzi, Governor Martin H. Glynn, Forgotten Hero, Valatie Press. LOC Catalog Card Number:94-96495
  3. ^ Paul Grondahl, Albany Times-Union, Big News, Small-Town Flavor: 1924 is a Turning Point, retrieved December 18, 2013
  4. ^ html of complete text
  5. ^ image of the text
  6. ^ reference to article in Jewish Virtual Library
  7. ^ Proctor, Robert N. (2000). The Nazi War on Cancer. Princeton University Press. p. 11.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George N. Southwick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

1899–1901
Succeeded by
George N. Southwick
Political offices
Preceded by
William C. Wilson
New York State Comptroller
1907–1908
Succeeded by
Charles H. Gaus
Preceded by
Thomas F. Conway
Lieutenant Governor of New York
1913
Succeeded by
Robert F. Wagner
Acting
Preceded by
William Sulzer
Governor of New York
1913–1914
Succeeded by
Charles S. Whitman