James Fitzgerald (New York state senator)

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James Fitzgerald (October 28, 1851 Ireland – December 17, 1922 Manhattan, New York City) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He attended the public schools in New York City, and Cooper Union. Then he graduated from Columbia Law School, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in New York City. He was a clerk in the New York County Clerk's office for three years.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 16th D.) in 1878; and of the New York State Senate (9th D.) in 1882 and 1883.

He was an Assistant D.A. of New York County from 1884 to 1888, a judge of the New York City Court of General Sessions from 1890 to 1898; and a justice of the New York Supreme Court from 1901 to 1912. He presided in 1907 over the first trial of Harry K. Thaw for the murder of Stanford White.

Fitzgerald died on December 17, 1922, at his home at 34 Hamilton Terrace, in Manhattan, "of heart disease," and was buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Queens.


New York Assembly
Preceded by
Francis B. Spinola
New York State Assembly
New York County, 16th District

Succeeded by
Edward P. Hagan
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Francis M. Bixby
New York State Senate
9th District

Succeeded by
John J. Cullen