Nicholas J. Hayes

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Nicholas J. Hayes (1856 – January 3, 1928) was appointed the third Fire Commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor George B. McClellan, Jr. on January 1, 1904 and served in that position until his resignation on December 31, 1905. After the death of Fire Commissioner Hugh Bonner on March 13, 1908, Mayor McClellan reappointed Hayes as Fire Commissioner. He served in that position until January 3, 1910, shortly aftert the end of the McClellan Administration. In 1912 he testified before the Curran Committee.[1] He died on January 3, 1928 while he was the acting Commissioner of Water Supply.[2]


  1. ^ "Leader Hayes, Ill, Denies Sipp Charge. Weeps as He Tells Curran Committee He Never Took a Dollar of Tainted Money.". New York Times. December 20, 1912. Retrieved 2010-03-25. Nervous and wan from a recent illness, Nicholas J. Hayes, ex-Sheriff and ex-Fire Commissioner, told the Curran Committee yesterday that he was in no way interested in the Harlem House in East 116th Street, and that he had taken no action whatever to close up the Central Hotel, which George A. Sipp told the committee on Wednesday he had intended to open as a disorderly resort. 
  2. ^ "Nicholas J. Hayes Dies Suddenly. Commissioner Of Water Supply Is Stricken With Heart Disease In His Home. Once a Power In Tammany. Served as Sheriff And as Head Of Fire Department. Was Friend Of Late C. F. Murphy". New York Times. January 3, 1928. Retrieved 2010-03-25. Nicholas J. Hayes, Commissioner of Water Supply, died suddenly of heart disease at 2:15 o'clock this morning in his home at 57 East Ninetieth Street. Mr. Hayes, who was 72 years old, fifteen minutes before was awakened in his sleep by pains about the heart, and aroused the members of his family. 
Fire appointments
Preceded by
Thomas Sturgis
FDNY Commissioner
Succeeded by
John H. O'Brien
Preceded by
Hugh Bonner
FDNY Commissioner
Succeeded by
Rhinelander Waldo