Anning Smith Prall

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Anning Smith Prall
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th district
In office
November 6, 1923 – January 3, 1935
Preceded by Daniel J. Riordan
Succeeded by James A. O'Leary
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
In office
March 9, 1935 – June 23, 1937
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Eugene Sikes
Succeeded by Frank McNich
Personal details
Born (1870-09-17)September 17, 1870
Staten Island, New York
Died July 23, 1937(1937-07-23) (aged 66)
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Political party Democratic

Anning Smith Prall (September 17, 1870 – July 23, 1937) was a Representative from New York, born in Port Richmond, Staten Island.

In his early years Prall was employed as a clerk in a New York newspaper office. Prall attended New York University, studying business. From 1908 until 1918 he was in charge of a real estate department of a bank, while serving as the first president of the Staten Island Board of Realtors from 1915 to 1916.

In 1918 Prall began a public service career when he was appointed Clerk of New York City's First District Municipal Court. He was appointed a member of the New York City Board of Education on January 1, 1918, and served until December 31, 1921, and was elected the board's president. He was New York City's commissioner of taxes and assessment from 1922 to 1923.

He was a delegate to the 1924 Democratic National Convention and was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Daniel J. Riordan. He was reelected to the sixty-ninth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from November 6, 1923, to January 3, 1935. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1934.

Prall served as a member and chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from January 15, 1935, until his death in 1937 at his summer home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He is interred at Moravian Cemetery in New Dorp, Staten Island.

Intermediate school (I.S.) 27 on Staten Island is also known as the Anning S. Prall School. He also served as Chairman of the FCC from March 9, 1935 to June 23, 1937.[1]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Daniel J. Riordan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th congressional district

November 6, 1923 – January 3, 1935
Succeeded by
James A. O'Leary
  1. ^ "Commissioners from 1934 to Present". Federal Communications Commission. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2017-05-13.