Arthur W. Wallander

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Arthur William Wallander, Sr.
Arthur William Wallander.jpg
Wallander circa 1945-1950
New York City Police Commissioner
In office
Appointed by Fiorello H. LaGuardia
Preceded by Lewis Joseph Valentine
Succeeded by William P. O'Brien
Personal details
Born (1892-02-03)February 3, 1892
Died November 3, 1980(1980-11-03) (aged 88)
Putnam-Weaver Nursing Home
Greenwich, Connecticut

Arthur William Wallander, Sr. (February 3, 1892 - November 3, 1980) was New York City Police Commissioner from 1945 to 1949.[1] He was the only Police Commissioner to be retained by an incoming Mayor of New York City.[2]


He was born on February 3, 1892 in New York City to Eva Wallander of Sweden.[3] He had a sister, Fanny I. Wallander.[3] He was appointed as New York City Police Commissioner by Fiorello H. LaGuardia in 1945 and was asked to remain in office by William O'Dwyer when O'Dwyer became mayor.[1] O'Dwyer had been trained by Wallander at the New York City Police Academy.[2]

He died on November 3, 1980 at the Putnam-Weaver Nursing Home in Greenwich, Connecticut.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "O'Dwyer to Keep Wallander. Knew Him "When I Was Cop'. City's Mayor-Elect Hopes to Confer With La Guardia Before Taking Office". New York Times. November 8, 1945. Retrieved 2011-05-02. Mayor-elect William O'Dwyer announced yesterday that he had asked Police Commissioner Arthur W. Wallander to remain under the new city administration. ...
  2. ^ a b "Police Commissioner Says He Will Leave With His Mayor". New York Times. August 18, 2001. Retrieved 2011-05-03. Mr. Reppetto noted, however, that just one commissioner in history, Arthur W. Wallander, ever survived more than a few months after a change in administrations. And Mr. Wallander, who had been appointed by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in 1945, was something of a special case, Mr. Reppetto said. Mayor La Guardia's successor, William O'Dwyer, was a former police officer who had been trained by Mr. Wallander during his days as a rookie in the Police Academy.
  3. ^ a b Wallanders in the 1930 US census living in the Bronx
  4. ^ Connecticut Death Index. Name: Arthur W Wallander Sr Father's Surname: Wallander Death Date: 3 Nov 1980 Death Place: Greenwich, Connecticut Age: 88 Years Birth Place: New York Birth Date: 3 Feb 1892 Marital Status: Widowed Spouse: Emma State File #: 22837 Residence : Greenwich)
  5. ^ "Arthur Wallander, Commissioner Of Police in New York City in 40's. Joined Force in 1914". New York Times. November 5, 1980. Retrieved 2011-05-02. Arthur W. Wallander, a patrolman who rose to become New York City Police Commissioner, died Monday at the Putnam-Weaver Nursing Home in Greenwich, Conn. ...
Police appointments
Preceded by
Albert O. Williams
NYPD Commissioner
Succeeded by
William P. O'Brien