William E. Cleary

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William Edward Cleary (July 20, 1849 - December 20, 1932) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in Ellenville, New York, Cleary attended the public schools and the Ellenville Academy. He moved to Brooklyn in 1879 and engaged in water transportation. He served as vice president of the New York Board of Trade and Transportation. He was a founder, and served as president, of the Victory Memorial Hospital.

Cleary was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Daniel J. Griffin. He was reelected to the Sixty-sixth Congress and served from March 5, 1918, to March 3, 1921. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress.

Cleary was elected to the Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1927). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1926. He resumed his former business interests. He died in Brooklyn, New York, December 20, 1932. He was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York

Succeeded by

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