Maurice A. FitzGerald

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Maurice A. FitzGerald (January 9, 1897 - August 25, 1951) was a Democratic politician from Queens, New York City.

Life[edit]

FitzGerald was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1897. By the age of 14 he began working as a postal clerk.[1] He soon moved to South Ozone Park, Queens and became involved in southern Queens civic organizations by the 1920s.[1]

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Queens Co., 5th D.) in 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 and 1937.

He was elected sheriff of Queens County in 1937, then named the Borough Public Works Commissioner in 1942. In 1949, he was elected Borough President of Queens. He did not live to the end of his first term, dying of a heart attack while vacationing in Star Lake, New York in 1951.[2] He is interred at St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens.

Maurice A. FitzGerald Playground in South Ozone Park, and Public School No. 199 (Maurice A. FitzGerald School) in Sunnyside, Queens, commemorate the former borough president.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Maurice A. FitzGerald Playground". New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ "FitzGerald Dies; Queens President; Dies at Star Lake". The New York Times. August 26, 1951. (subscription required (help)). 
New York Assembly
Preceded by
William F. Brunner
New York State Assembly
Queens County, 5th District

1929–1937
Succeeded by
William F. Dailey
Political offices
Preceded by
James A. Burke
Borough President of Queens
1950–1951
Succeeded by
Joseph F. Mafera