William H. Fitzpatrick

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Fitzpatrick between 1910 and 1915

William H. Fitzpatrick (September 28, 1865 – January 7, 1932) was a Democratic Party official in upstate New York.


William H. Fitzpatrick was born on September 28, 1865 in the family home at Bailey Avenue and Seneca Street in Buffalo, New York. He was educated locally, and worked at a variety of occupations, including driving a milk truck.[1]

He later became active in the contracting business, and operated a successful construction company, Buffalo's W. H. Fitzpatrick & Sons.[2]

Fitzpatrick also became active in politics as a support of Democratic candidates. He was the longtime Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party, a member of the New York State Democratic Committee, and a Delegate to several state and national Democratic conventions. He was seen as an ally of other urban Democratic leaders in New York, including Charles F. Murphy of New York City's Tammany Hall.[3][4][5][6]

Fitzpatrick died on January 7, 1932 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, after having become ill while on a business trip.[7]

The William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and leadership at Canisius College is named for him.


  1. ^ Associated Press, Syracuse Herald, Fitzpatrick, Democratic leader, Dies, January 7, 1932
  2. ^ United States House of Representatives, Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, Federal Radio Commission: Hearings on H.R. 15430, 1929, page 1044
  3. ^ Bookwalter-Ball Printing Company, Official Report of the Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, 1920, page 60
  4. ^ J. B. Lyon Company The New York Red Book, 1920, page 89
  5. ^ John R. Ghrist, Valley Voices: A Radio History, 1996, page 154
  6. ^ New York Tribune, The Tribune Almanac and Political Register, 1912, page 545
  7. ^ Troy Times (evening edition), Deaths Last Night: William H. Fitzpatrick, January 7, 1932

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