Martin H. Glynn

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Martin Glynn
Martin H. Glynn.jpg
George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress
40th Governor of New York
In office
October 17, 1913 – December 31, 1914
LieutenantRobert F. Wagner (Acting)
Preceded byWilliam Sulzer
Succeeded byCharles S. Whitman
Lieutenant Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1913 – October 17, 1913
GovernorWilliam Sulzer
Preceded byThomas F. Conway
Succeeded byRobert F. Wagner
39th Comptroller of New York
In office
January 1, 1907 – December 31, 1908
GovernorCharles Evans Hughes
Preceded byWilliam C. Wilson
Succeeded byCharles H. Gaus
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1901
Preceded byGeorge N. Southwick
Succeeded byGeorge N. Southwick
Personal details
Martin Henry Glynn

(1871-09-27)September 27, 1871
Valatie, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 14, 1924(1924-12-14) (aged 53)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary McGrane
EducationFordham University (BA)
Union University, New York (LLB)

Martin Henry Glynn (September 27, 1871 – December 14, 1924) was an American politician. He was the 40th Governor of New York from 1913 to 1914, the first Irish American Roman Catholic head of government of what was then the most populated state of the United States.


Glynn was born in the town of Kinderhook, N.Y., and grew up in Valatie, one of Kinderhook's villages. He was the son of Martin Glynn (son of Martin Glynn and Catherine de Burke) and Ann Scanlon, who were both born in Ireland.[1]

He graduated from Fordham University in 1894,[2] then studied at Albany Law School of Union University, New York, and was admitted to the bar in 1897. From 1896 on, he wrote for the Albany Times-Union daily newspaper, becoming eventually its editor, publisher and owner. In 1898, Fordham awarded Glynn the honorary degree of master of arts.[3] Over the course of his career, Glynn received honorary LL.D. degrees from Fordham, Syracuse, Georgetown, and Union Universities.[3]

Glynn as a Congressman in 1901. Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

Glynn was elected as a Democrat to the 56th United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1899 to March 3, 1901. When he took his seat at age 26, Glynn was the youngest member of the House. He was New York State Comptroller from 1907 to 1908, elected in 1906, but defeated for re-election in 1908 by Republican Charles H. Gaus.

He was elected Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1912 on the ticket with William Sulzer, and succeeded to the governorship upon Sulzer's impeachment and removal from office in 1913. He was the first Catholic New York governor, but was defeated for re-election by Charles S. Whitman in 1914.

He was a delegate to the 1916 and 1924 Democratic National Conventions. As the keynote speaker at the 1916 National Democratic Convention, Glynn delivered one of his most famous speeches, praising the accomplishments of President Woodrow Wilson and the platform of the Democratic Party.

Martin Glynn was active in the Progressive movement and had an interest in Irish-American affairs.

Glynn committed suicide by gunshot in 1924, after having suffered throughout his adult life from chronic back pain caused by a spinal injury. Though the cause of death was listed on his death certificate, the local media reported that Glynn died of heart trouble.[4] The true story of his death was publicized in Dominick Lizzi's 1994 biography.[5][6] He was buried at the St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, New York.[7]

"The Crucifixion of Jews Must Stop!"[edit]

Glynn's article "The Crucifixion of Jews Must Stop!" was published in the October 31, 1919, issue of The American Hebrew; in it he lamented the poor conditions for European Jews after World War I. Glynn referred to these conditions as a potential "holocaust" and asserted that "six million Jewish men and women are starving across the seas".[8][9] Robert N. Proctor says that "[this] oddity has been exploited by Holocaust deniers but is simply a remarkable coincidence and nothing more."[10]


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  2. ^ Holmes, Frank R. (1924). Who's Who in New York City and State. 8. New York, NY: L. R. Hamersly Company. p. 513.
  3. ^ a b Who's Who in New York City and State, p. 513.
  4. ^ "Ex-Gov. Glynn Dies Suddenly In Albany Home. Stricken With a Heart Attack After His Return From a Boston Sanitarium". New York Times. December 14, 1924. Retrieved 2014-08-01. Former Governor Martin H. Glynn died in his home here today. Mr. Glynn returned yesterday from a hospital in the suburbs of Boston, where he had been under treatment during the last two months for spinal trouble of long standing. Members of his family said he complained last night of not feeling well, but attributed it to the trip
  5. ^ Dominick C. Lizzi, Governor Martin H. Glynn, Forgotten Hero, Valatie Press. LOC Catalog Card Number:94-96495
  6. ^ Paul Grondahl, Albany Times-Union, Big News, Small-Town Flavor: 1924 is a Turning Point Archived 2014-03-23 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved December 18, 2013
  7. ^ Martin H. Glynn at Find a Grave
  8. ^ Image of the text
  9. ^ reference to article in Jewish Virtual Library
  10. ^ Proctor, Robert N. (2000). The Nazi War on Cancer. Princeton University Press. p. 11.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George N. Southwick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
George N. Southwick
Political offices
Preceded by
William C. Wilson
Comptroller of New York
Succeeded by
Charles H. Gaus
Preceded by
Thomas F. Conway
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Robert F. Wagner
Preceded by
William Sulzer
Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Charles S. Whitman
Party political offices
Preceded by
William Sulzer
Democratic nominee for Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Samuel Seabury
Preceded by
Alton B. Parker
Keynote Speaker of the Democratic National Convention
Succeeded by
Homer Cummings