John Nelson Partridge

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John Nelson Partridge (1838 – April 8, 1920) was the Police Commissioner for Brooklyn and Fire Commissioner for Brooklyn in the 1880s before the merger into New York City. He was the New York Superintendent of Public Works, and the New York City Police Commissioner from 1902 to 1903.[1][2]


He was born in 1838 In Leicester, Massachusetts.[3] From 1886 to 1887 he was president of the Brooklyn City and Newtown Railroad.[3]

He was the New York City Police Commissioner from 1902 to 1903.[1] During his tenure he wanted to move the New York City police headquarters from Mulberry Street to Times Square.[3]

In 1906 he married Charlotte Held.[4]

They then moved to Westport, Connecticut. He died on April 8, 1920 in Westport, Connecticut.[3]


  1. ^ a b "General Greene In Police Department". Baltimore American. December 24, 1902. Retrieved 2011-05-01. Francis Vinton Greene was this afternoon appointed commissioner of police by Mayor Low to succeed Col. John Partridge when the latter retires from office on ... 
  2. ^ "Police Commissioner Partridge Resigns. Says He Needs Rest and Intimates He Is Tired of Criticism. City Club Was to Have Demanded His Removal. Some of Those Mentioned as Likely to Succeed Him.". New York Times. December 13, 1902. Retrieved 2011-05-01. Col. John N. Partridge, Commissioner of Police, yesterday tendered his resignation to take effect Jan. 1, 1903. It has been informally accepted by Mayor Low, who states that thus far no successor has been determined upon 
  3. ^ a b c d "Col. J. N. Partridge Dies at 82 Years. Police Commissioner of New York in 1902 Was Long Prominent in Public Life". New York Times. April 9, 1920. Retrieved 2011-05-01. John Nelson Partridge, better known to New Yorkers as Colonel Partridge, the title resulting from his eight years' command of Twenty-third of Brooklyn, .. 
  4. ^ "Col. Partridge To Wed. His Bride-to-Be is Miss Charlotte Held of Norwalk, Conn.". New York Times. August 24, 1906. Retrieved 2011-05-01. The engagement is announced of Miss Charlotte Held, a stenographer of this city, to Col. John Partridge, formerly Police Commissioner of New York. ... 
Police appointments
Preceded by
Michael C. Murphy
NYPD Commissioner
Succeeded by
Francis V. Greene