Edwin Joseph O'Malley

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Edwin Joseph O'Malley
Edwin Joseph O'Malley 1905.jpg
O'Malley circa 1905
Commissioner of Public Markets
Personal details
Born (1881-08-22)August 22, 1881
Bronx, New York
Died April 10, 1953(1953-04-10) (aged 71)
Amityville, New York
Spouse(s) Alma Feltner (1883-1940) (m. 1902–40)
Children Walter Francis O'Malley
Parents Thomas Francis O'Malley (1854-1918)
Georgiana Reynolds (1855-1941)

Edwin Joseph O'Malley (August 22, 1881 – April 10, 1953) was the Commissioner of Public Markets for New York City.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was born on August 22, 1881 to Thomas Francis O'Malley (1854–1918) and Georgiana Reynolds (1855–1941) and he was born in Manhattan, New York City.[2] He married Alma Feltner (1883–1940) on January 16, 1902 and had one child, a son, Walter Francis O'Malley (1903–1979), who would become the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1950 to 1979, and who would oversee their controversial move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Alma O'Malley was of German extraction.

In 1910 Edwin was living in the Bronx, New York and working as a cotton goods salesman. Around 1911 he moved the family from the Bronx to Hollis, Queens. He registered for the draft on September 12, 1918, but did not serve in World War I. He became a Democratic party ward heeler for Tammany Hall, and was appointed as the Commissioner of Public Markets for New York City by mayor John F. Hylan. He testified on August 18, 1922 before the Kings County, New York Grand Jury, which was investigating the mishandling of the fees paid by vendors to the Public Markets office, no charges were filed.

He died in Amityville, New York on April 10, 1953.[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Roger Kahn; The Era 1947-1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World. ISBN 0-8032-7805-5
  • Burton Alan Boxerman; Ebbets to Veeck to Busch: Eight Owners Who Shaped Baseball. ISBN 0-7864-1562-2
  • Henry D. Fetter; Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball, 1903-2003. ISBN 0-393-05719-4.

Court cases[edit]

  • Schumaker v. O'Malley; May 1, 1920
  • Matter of Joerger v. O'Malley; December 1, 1923

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "E. J. O'Malley Dies. Led City Markets. Commissioner Under Hylan Advocated Large Centers for Food Distribution". New York Times. April 11, 1953. Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  2. ^ His birth certificate is dated August 22, 1881 in Manhattan and is certificate 318892. He used the date of August 23, 1882 in 1941 for the WWII draft and August 23, 1881 in the WWI draft. His obituary said he was 69 years old which would have him born in 1883. The birth certificate is considered canonical.
Preceded by
William P. Mulry as Acting Commissioner
Commissioner of Public Markets
1919-1927
Succeeded by
Thomas F. Dwyer