Edward A. Rath

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Edward A. Rath
1st Executive of Erie County
In office
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byB. John Tutuska
Personal details
Edward August Rath

(1907-04-17)April 17, 1907
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 28, 1968(1968-10-28) (aged 61)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseMildred K. Rath (née Gates)
RelationsEdward Rath III (grandson)

Edward August Rath (April 17, 1907 – October 28, 1968) was an American politician who served as the first county executive of Erie County, New York.[1]


Following the transition from the board of supervisors form of government for Erie County to a County Executive form, Rath was elected in 1960 to an initial three-year term. The Edward A. Rath County Office Building, is named in his honor.

Rath was re-elected as County Executive in 1963 and 1967. He died in office in 1968 and was succeeded by Sheriff B. John Tutuska.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Rath was the patriarch of a prominent Western New York political family. His son, Edward A. Rath, Jr. (1930-2003), served as a justice of the New York State Supreme Court and his daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Rath was a member of the New York State Senate and a former minority leader of the Erie County Legislature. His grandson, Edward Rath III, is a member of the New York State Senate.[3]


  1. ^ "Former State Supreme Court Judge Rath dies of cancer". Buffalo Business First. 2003-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
  2. ^ "Rath, Edward A. (Edward August), 1907-1968". worldcat.org. Retrieved 2013-05-11.
  3. ^ "Third Generation of the Rath Family Elected to Government Post". news.wbfo.org. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
Political offices
Preceded by
newly created
Erie County Executive
1961 – 1969
Succeeded by