Walter A. Lynch

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Walter A. Lynch, New York Congressman

Walter Aloysius Lynch (July 7, 1894 New York City – September 10, 1957 Belle Harbor, Queens) was an American politician from New York.


He graduated from Fordham University in 1915 and Fordham University School of Law in 1918, afterwards practicing law in New York City. He served as a magistrate of New York City in 1930. In 1938 Lynch was delegate to the New York state constitutional convention.

He was elected Democrat to the 76th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edward W. Curley, and was re-elected to the 77th, 78th, 79th, 80th and 81st United States Congresses, serving from February 20, 1940, to January 3, 1951.

In 1950, he ran for Governor of New York, but was defeated in a landslide by the incumbent Governor Thomas E. Dewey. He was elected to the New York Supreme Court and served from January 1955 until his death. He is buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward W. Curley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Preceded by
Charles A. Buckley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Sidney A. Fine
Party political offices
Preceded by
James M. Mead
Democratic Nominee for Governor of New York
Succeeded by
W. Averell Harriman