Albert Ottinger

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Albert Ottinger
Albert Ottinger (New York Attorney General) 2.jpg
From the September 29, 1928 edition of the Binghamton Press.
Republican Nominee for Governor of New York
Preceded by Ogden L. Mills
Succeeded by Charles H. Tuttle
New York Attorney General
In office
1925–1928
Preceded by Carl Sherman
Succeeded by Hamilton Ward, Jr.
United States Assistant Attorney General
In office
1921–1924
Preceded by Thomas J. Spellacy
Succeeded by Ira Lloyd Letts
Member of the New York State Senate, 18th District
In office
1917–1918
Preceded by William M. Bennett
Succeeded by Salvatore A. Cotillo
Personal details
Born (1878-09-10)September 10, 1878
New York City, New York
Died January 13, 1938(1938-01-13) (aged 59)
New York City, New York
Resting place Union Field Cemetery, Ridgewood, Queens, New York
Political party Republican
Relations Richard L. Ottinger (nephew)
Alma mater New York University Law School
Profession Attorney

Albert E. Ottinger (September 10, 1878 – January 13, 1938) was an American lawyer and politician.

Biography[edit]

He was born in New York City, the son of Moses Ottinger and Amelia Gottlieb Ottinger. He graduated from New York University Law School in 1898 and became an attorney in New York City.[citation needed]

He was a member of the New York State Senate (18th D.) in 1917 and 1918; and then an assistant Attorney General of the United States. As such, Ottinger ruled that the U.S. Congress could grant independence to the Philippines if it wished, since the Philippines were an "insular possession" and therefore to be distinguished from the United States' states and territorial possessions.[1]

He was New York State Attorney General from 1925 to 1928, elected in 1924 and 1926. During his second term, he was the only Republican who held state office, and was responsible for closing down the notorious "bucket shops" on Wall Street. He was a delegate to the 1928 and 1932 Republican National Conventions.[citation needed]

In 1928, while the Democratic Party nominated New York Governor Al Smith for the Presidency, the first time a Catholic from a major party was running for that office, the Republican Party of New York nominated Ottinger for Governor, the first Jewish gubernatorial candidate in New York history. The Democratic Party nominated Franklin D. Roosevelt for governor, and Herbert Lehman, also a Jew, as the candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York. On the national ticket, Herbert Hoover won by a landslide over Al Smith, the latter's religion clearly a national issue. The gubernatorial contest, however, was one of the closest in New York history. Against the national Republican trend, Roosevelt won by only 25,000 votes, less than 1% of the four million ballots cast.[citation needed]

At the end of his term as New York state's attorney general, Ottinger summed up his record as follows: "Hammer, hammer, hammer, at every manner and means of fraud and dishonesty, the prevention and assertion of which the Legislature has assigned to the Attorney General."[2]

Ottinger died in New York City on January 13, 1938. He was buried at Union Field Cemetery in Ridgewood.[citation needed]

Family[edit]

Ottinger never married. He was survived by three brothers -- Leon, Lawrence, and Nathan. Nathan Ottinger was a justice of the New York Supreme Court. Lawrence Ottinger was the father of Richard L. Ottinger, who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Declares Congress May Free Filipinos," New York Times (May 3, 1924), p. 7.
  2. ^ Legal Affairs

Sources[edit]

  • [1] Obit notice, in TIME Magazine on January 24, 1938
  • [2] List of New York Attorneys General, at Office of the NYSAG
New York State Senate
Preceded by
William M. Bennett
New York State Senate
18th District

1917–1918
Succeeded by
Salvatore A. Cotillo
Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas J. Spellacy
United States Assistant Attorney General
1921–1924
Succeeded by
Ira Lloyd Letts
Legal offices
Preceded by
Carl Sherman
New York Attorney General
1925–1928
Succeeded by
Hamilton Ward, Jr.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ogden L. Mills
Republican Nominee for Governor of New York
1928
Succeeded by
Charles H. Tuttle