George Vincent McLaughlin

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George Vincent McLaughlin
New York City Police Commissioner
In office
January 1, 1926 – April 12, 1927
Appointed by James John Walker
Preceded by Richard Edward Enright
Succeeded by Joseph A. Warren
President of the Brooklyn Trust Company
In office
1940 – ?
Personal details
Born (1887-05-20)May 20, 1887
Died December 7, 1967(1967-12-07) (aged 80)

George Vincent McLaughlin (May 20, 1887 – December 7, 1967) was superintendent of the New York State Banking Department in 1920. He was the New York City Police Commissioner from 1926 to 1927 and president of the Brooklyn Trust Company in 1940; and vice chairman of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.[1] McLaughlin was of Irish American heritage.


He was born on May 20, 1887.[2] He served as the New York City Police Commissioner from January 1, 1926 to April 12, 1927.

Time magazine wrote on August 23, 1926:

Last week Detective John Singer of Manhattan arrested a buck Negro for stealing a car, bought him some sandwiches and coffee, took him to Police Headquarters. It was hot. Officer Singer removed his coat, sat down to fill out the prisoner's pedigree card. Suddenly Negro Pierce snatched a revolver from Officer Singer's hip pocket, shot him three times to the death, escaped. One Kuku, a witness, was the only other person in the room. Later Murderer Pierce was captured in the Bowery after a taxicab chase. He told the police: "I shot the detective; I'm sorry." Manhattanites were shocked. John Singer was the sixth police-man to be killed on duty since January 1, 1926; eleven others had been shot, merely wounded. Police Commissioner George V. McLaughlin emitted a soothing statement: "We are getting all the bad breaks so far. The police are making splendid arrests, but the luck is against them."

George, as president of the Brooklyn Trust Company brought Walter O'Malley into the financial arrangements for Ebbets Field in 1940. In 1947 he was awarded an honorary degree from Fordham University. He was a delegate to the 1952 Democratic National Convention for the 17th District. McLaughlin was a member of Robert Moses's Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.[1]

He died on December 7, 1967.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "George McLaughlin, Banker, 80, Dies. Tried to Stamp Out Gambling". New York Times. December 8, 1967. Retrieved 2011-05-03. George V. McLaughlin, former City Police Commissioner, State Superintendent of Banks and vice chairman of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, died of a heart attack yesterday in his apartment at 610 Park Avenue. He was 80 years old and maintained an office at 630 Fifth Avenue and a summer home in Old Forge. 
  2. ^ George Vincent McLaughlin in the World War I draft registration of 1917
Police appointments
Preceded by
Richard Edward Enright
New York City Police Commissioner
Succeeded by
Joseph A. Warren