George Murray Hulbert

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George Murray Hulbert
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Hulbert c. 1914
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
June 15, 1934 – April 26, 1950
Appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Frank Joseph Coleman
Succeeded by Edward Jordan Dimock
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st district
In office
March 4, 1915 - January 1, 1918
Preceded by Henry George, Jr.
Succeeded by Jerome F. Donovan
Personal details
Born (1881-05-14)May 14, 1881
Rochester, New York
Died April 26, 1950(1950-04-26) (aged 68)
Bayport, New York
Political party Democratic

George Murray Hulbert (May 14, 1881 – April 26, 1950), sometimes called Murray Hulbert was a United States Representative from New York.


The tombstone of George Murray Hulbert in Gate of Heaven Cemetery

Hulbert was born in Rochester, New York on May 14, 1881 and moved to Waterloo, New York, where he attended the public schools. He was graduated from the New York Law School, was admitted to the bar in 1902 and practiced law in New York City, elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1915, to January 1, 1918, when he resigned to accept an appointment from Mayor John Hylan to become Commissioner of Docks and director of the port of New York City.

In November 1921, when Hylan was re-elected, Hulbert was elected president of the Board of Aldermen of New York City,[1][2] and served as Acting Mayor during Hylan's long illness. He was ousted from the presidency of the Board after he accepted an honorary position as a member of the Finger Lakes Park Commission that was offered by New York Governor Al Smith. In a decision by New York State Supreme Court judge Joseph M. Proskauer, according to section 1549 of the New York City Charter, Hulbert automatically vacated his position in city government by accepting an appointment at the state level.[3]

He later became president of the Boston, Cape Cod & New York Canal, and then resumed the practice of law until June 1934, when he was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as district judge to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, in which capacity he served until his death, which occurred in Bayport, Long Island.[4]

He was buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York.


  1. ^ "President of Aldermen". New York Times. November 9, 1921. p. 2. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "The City Vote - Hylan's Plurality 417,986 - Craig's 249,252 - Banton's 83,680". New York Times. November 10, 1921. p. 4. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Court Ousts Hulbert From City Office; Forfeited Post By Taking State Job; Hylan Hopes Smith Will Reappoint Him - Collins His Successor - His Eligibility to the Office Since Jan. 1 Is Questioned, However - Dispute Over The Law - Governor May Have Power to Appoint Hulbert to His Old Position - Comma Figures in Case". New York Times. January 9, 1925. p. 1. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Murray Hulbert, Jurist, 65, Dead - Member of the Federal Bench Since 1934 Formerly Headed Board of Aldermen Here". New York Times. April 27, 1950. Retrieved 2009-07-26. Federal Judge Murray Hulbert died here today in his country home. He would have been 66 years old on May 14 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry George, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

1915 - 1918
Succeeded by
Jerome F. Donovan
Legal offices
Preceded by
Frank Joseph Coleman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Succeeded by
Edward Jordan Dimock