Martin H. Glynn
|Martin Henry Glynn|
|40th Governor of New York|
October 17, 1913 – December 31, 1914
|Lieutenant||Robert F. Wagner (acting)|
|Preceded by||William Sulzer|
|Succeeded by||Charles S. Whitman|
September 27, 1871|
Valatie, New York
|Died||December 14, 1924
Albany, New York
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.
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. The true story of his death was publicized in Dominick Lizzi's 1994 biography. He was buried at the St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, New York.
"The Crucifixion of Jews Must Stop!"
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". Because of these coincidences, the article has been exploited by Holocaust denial groups.
- Dominick C. Lizzi, Governor Martin H. Glynn, Forgotten Hero, Valatie Press. LOC Catalog Card Number:94-96495
- Paul Grondahl, Albany Times-Union, Big News, Small-Town Flavor: 1924 is a Turning Point, retrieved December 18, 2013
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- reference to article in Jewish Virtual Library
- Proctor, Robert N. (2000). The Nazi War on Cancer. Princeton University Press. p. 11.
-  Speculation about his taking office or not as Comptroller, in NYT on November 9, 1906
- Martin H. Glynn at www.valatielibrary.org Bio at Valatie Library
- The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Gloves to Gochenour at politicalgraveyard.com Political Graveyard (gives as birthplace Kinderhook, the town in which lies the Village of Valatie)
- Martin Henry Glynn Papers, 1913-1924 at the New York State Library
|United States House of Representatives|
George N. Southwick
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district
George N. Southwick
William C. Wilson
|New York State Comptroller
Charles H. Gaus
Thomas F. Conway
|Lieutenant Governor of New York
Robert F. Wagner
|Governor of New York
Charles S. Whitman