William H. Wickham
William Hull Wickham was the 81st Mayor of New York City and anti-Ring Democrat who helped to topple corrupt politician Boss Tweed. Wickham was raised in New York, he was the son of Ruth Wickham, who lived at 71 West 11th Street in New York. He was a distant cousin of the attorney for Aaron Burr during his trial for treason, it was Burr who transformed Tammany into a political machine for the election of 1800. Early in his career, he was a volunteer fireman. Wickham served as foreman. In 1854, he organized the Baxter Hook and Ladder Company No. 15. He was elected Secretary of the New York Fire Department in 1858, Vice President in 1859, President from 1860 until 1861. In the early 1870s, Wickham became an anti-Ring Democrat opposed to Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall. Wickham served as Chairman of the Apollo Hall Democracy, a political group that worked to bring Boss Tweed to justice, he served on the Executive Committee of Seventy, a group formed by the public to reestablish honest government. In 1874, Wickham was nominated by the Democrats to be Mayor of New York, with the support of a temporarily reformed Tammany Hall.
He defeated Oswald Ottendorfer, the Independent Democratic candidate, Salem H. Wales, the Republican. During his two-year tenure starting in 1875, Wickham appointed William C. Whitney to be the City of New York's legal counsel to combat political fraud. Wickham conducted fundraising for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Wickham declined to be re-nominated in 1876, he served on the Board of Education for several years and was a member of the Committee of One Hundred for New York's Columbian celebration. He was married to the daughter of Jesse Woodhull Floyd and Miami Floyd. Together, they were the parents of a daughter: Louise Floyd Wickham, who did not marry and who attended Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. After the death of his sister, he adopted her three grown children, one son and two daughters, as his own, they all lived together at his home, he died at his home, 338 Lexington Avenue, in New York City on January 13, 1893 from heart disease along with his ailment of Bright's Disease.
He has a street named after him in the north Bronx
Neil Ross is a British-born American voice actor and announcer, now resident in the United States, working in Los Angeles. Noted for his Trans-Atlantic accent, Ross has provided voices in many American cartoons, most notably Voltron, G. I. Joe and Transformers, he has done voice work in numerous video games, including Mass Effect and Leisure Suit Larry 6 and 7. Ross has provided voice roles for many movies, including Back to the Future Part II, Quiz Show, Being John Malkovich. Neil Ross was the announcer for the 75th Annual Academy Awards Telecast in 2003, the Emmy Awards Telecast in 2004, he has narrated numerous episodes of A&E's Biography, many editions of NOVA on PBS. Neil Ross was born in London, England, on 31 December 1944 and subsequently raised in Montreal, Canada, his family moved to California when he was 12 years old. When they moved to San Diego, a young Ross started listening to KFWB, became obsessed with becoming a disc-jockey, he started working in radio. His first station was KMUR in Utah.
Following this, he moved on to KORL, KGMB and KKUA in Honolulu, before moving to KCBQ in San Diego in 1969. He stayed in California, working on KMPC Los Angeles, he made his last broadcast in 1985. He began his voice-over work in 1978, his first role was as a salesman in an episode of Richie Rich for Hanna-Barbera. Ross has voiced radio and television commercials for companies including Wal-Mart, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Goodyear, Hoover, Anheuser-Busch, Southwest Airlines, Kelloggs, has done promos for CBS, NBC, ABC, TBS and Fox Kids, using an American accent in all performances. Neil Ross lives in Los Angeles with his daughter. Cap'n O. G. Readmore - Cap'n O. G. Readmore - others G. I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Shipwreck / Dusty / Heavy Metal / Buzzer / Thunder / Monkeywrench / Hector Ramirez Garfield and Friends – Jon's cousin, announcer Hulk Hogan's Rock'n' Wrestling – Mean Gene Okerlund Little Dracula – Maggot Pac-Man – Clyde Pinky and the Brain – Marvin the Martian Planet Sheen – Helmb Robotix – Jerrok / Flexor / Gaxon / Steggor Rugrats – Judge Secret Squirrel – Morocco Mole SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron – Mac Mange The Legend of Prince Valiant – Duncan Draconarius1987Spiral Zone||Overlord, Wolfgang'Tank' Schmidt||Unknown episodes Voltron – Keith / Jeff / Pidge / Chip / Prince Bandor Wild West C.
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Michael Walsh (New York)
Michael Walsh was a United States Representative from New York. Born in Youghal, Ireland, he completed preparatory studies, was graduated from Trinity College and emigrated to the United States, settling in Baltimore, Maryland, he learned the lithographic printing trade, moved to New York City. In 1843 he established the Subterranean, which he stopped after two years when convicted for the publication of libel, he was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1847, 1848 and 1852. He was elected as a Democrat to the 33rd United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1853, to March 3, 1855, he was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1854, after his term in Congress was employed as a newspaper reporter. He died in New York City in 1859. United States Congress. "Michael Walsh". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Michael Walsh at Find Robert. One and Only Mike Walsh; the New-York Historical Society Quarterly 36: 43–65
William Frederick Havemeyer
William Frederick Havemeyer was a German American businessman and politician of New York who served three times as Mayor of New York City during the 19th century. Havemeyer was born in New York City at No. 31 Pine Street. He was the son of William Havemeyer, the first of the family to emigrate from Germany to America, he had been left an orphan in childhood, at the age of fifteen went to London, where he learned the trade of sugar refining, becoming in time the superintendent of the refinery. In 1799, he came to New York City under contract to Edmund Seaman & Co. and took charge of their sugar house on Pine Street. His father began his own business in 1807, establishing one of the first sugar refineries in New York City, on Vandam Street, between Hudson and Greenwich Streets. In the same year he took out his naturalization papers; the younger Havemeyer grew up in the neighborhood of Vandam St. where the family sugar refinery was located. He received a liberal arts education, attending Columbia College of Columbia University and Wykoff Village Academy, graduating from the former in 1823.
Soon after graduation he entered his father's service as clerk and obtained a thorough business training. In 1828, he formed a partnership with his cousin, Frederick Christian Havemeyer, under the firm name of W. F. & F. C. Havemeyer, sugar refiners. In 1842, he sold out his interest in the firm to his brother Albert, thus after fourteen years, while still young, he retired from business a wealthy man. Havemeyer's middle-class ancestors lived in Bückeburg, in the German principality of Schaumburg-Lippe; some spelled the last name Hoevemeyer. In 1644, Hermann Hoevemeyer formed, with a bakers' guild. Dietrich Wilhelm Hoevemeyer, born in 1725, was a master baker, a member of the city council of Bückeburg, served in the Seven Years' War, his cousin's son Henry Osborne Havemeyer became a member of the Havemeyer family sugar refining firm, which controlled more than half the entire sugar interest of the country. Henry O.'s brother, Theodore Havemeyer, was co-founder of the U. S. Golf Association and U.
S. Open. In 1844, Havemeyer entered local politics with the Democratic Party as an elector for James K. Polk and George M. Dallas during the United States presidential election, he had been a supporter of President Andrew Jackson. He was friendly with President Martin Van Buren with whom he had corresponded and urged vehemently to emulate Jackson's firmness in the face of popular outcry. In 1844, the Democrats of the ward Havemeyer lived in were divided into two factions about equal in strength. To avoid a conflict, it was determined to send to the Tammany Hall convention three influential men, irrespective of factional feeling. James T. Brady, Gustavus A. Conover, Havemeyer were selected. At the state convention of the Democratic Party, held at Syracuse 4 September 1844, Havemeyer was nominated for the office of presidential elector; as a member of the general committee of Tammany Hall, Havemeyer showed such marked business ability that he was appointed chairman of the finance committee. In this position, he gained many friends in the Democratic Party, he was recommended to President Polk by a number of influential citizens as eminently fitted for the collectorship of the Port of New York.
But Havemeyer's independence did not suit the politicians who desired a collector who could be more controlled by the party leaders. With a view to retrieve control of the collectorship, at the same time not run counter to Havemeyer's growing popularity, they offered him the nomination for the mayoralty. Thus, in 1845, with the support of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machine, Havemeyer was nominated for the office of Mayor of New York, "laying stress on the fact that he was a native New Yorker." His opponent was incumbent mayor James Harper. In April, he was elected by a large majority and served a one-year term, from 1845 to 1846; the New York State Legislature approved a proposal to authorize creation of a New York City police force on May 7, 1844, along with abolition of the nightwatch system. During Havemeyer's administration, the NYPD was organized on May 13, 1845, with the city divided into three districts, with courts, magistrates and station houses being set up. Havemeyer attempted to reform the powers of the Common Council, leading to the drafting of a new government charter that provided for direct election of Department heads, appointed by the Council.
In 1846, together with Robert B. Minturn and Gulian C. Verplanck, Havemeyer strove to abolish the abuses practised on immigrants; the result of their efforts was the Board of Emigration Commissioners, of which Havemeyer was the first president. His reform efforts irritated the Tammany leaders: "Mayor Havemeyer not being pliable enough for the Wigwam leaders, they nominated and elected, in the spring of 1846, Andrew H. Mickle, by a vote of 21,675, the Whigs receiving 15,111, the Native Americans 8,301." In 1848, Havemeyer was again elected as mayor. Although invited to run for succeeding terms in both 1846 and 1849, he declined to serve more than one term at a time; as a young man, Havemeyer had been a director of the Merchants' Exchange Bank. When he took leave from New York's political scene, Havemeyer returned to business as a banker. In 1851 he was voted president of the Bank of North America which he led through the panic of 1857 and left in 1861. In 1857 he became president of the New York Savings Bank when that institution was in great danger of suspension, leaving it in 1861 after it was placed upon a secure foundation.
He became a large stockholder of the Pennsylvania Coal Company and Long Island Rail Road among insurance and other co
Lucius Robinson was an American lawyer and politician. He was the 26th Governor of New York from 1877 to 1879, he graduated from Delaware Academy in New York. Afterwards he studied law in the offices of Erastus Root and Amasa J. Parker, was admitted to the bar in 1832, commenced practice in Catskill, New York He was district attorney of Greene County from 1837 to 1840, he removed to New York City and became a member of Tammany Hall. He joined the Republican Party when it was founded, was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1860 and 1861, he was New York State Comptroller from 1862 to 1865. In 1861, he was elected on the Union ticket nominated by War Democrats. In 1863 he was defeated for re-nomination at the Union state convention, but the nominated candidate refused to run, the Republican State Committee put Robinson back on the ticket, he was re-elected. After the war he joined the Democratic Party again, was re-nominated for comptroller on the Democratic ticket, but this time was defeated by the Republican candidate Thomas Hillhouse.
After his defeat he resumed the practice of law. In 1871–72 he was a member of the New York State Constitutional Commission, he was a director of the Erie Railroad, was acting president of the company while the president, Peter H. Watson, was travelling about Europe. In 1875, he was again elected state comptroller, defeating the Republican candidate, former United States Treasurer Francis E. Spinner. While serving as comptroller, he was elected governor, was in office from 1877 to 1879, the first governor to serve a three-year term after the amendment to the state constitution in 1874; as governor, he opposed Tammany Hall vigorously, which led the Tammany leader John Kelly to have himself nominated for governor by Tammany Hall at the next election in 1879, with the intention to split the Democratic vote, so defeat Robinson. This happened, the Republican candidate Alonzo B. Cornell was elected governor with fewer votes than Robinson and Kelly together. Robinson was a delegate to the 1876 Democratic National Convention and supported Samuel J. Tilden for president.
He died from pneumonia, was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira. "Lucius Robinson's Death". New York Times. March 24, 1891. Hough, Franklin Benjamin, compiler; the New York Civil List. Weed, Parsons and Co. p. 374. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "Index to Politicians: Robinson, K to N". Political Graveyard. Note: this website lists the incorrect death year "Lucius Robinson". Find a Grave
William M. Tweed
William Magear Tweed – erroneously referred to as "William Marcy Tweed", known as "Boss" Tweed – was an American politician most notable for being the "boss" of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in the politics of 19th century New York City and State. At the height of his influence, Tweed was the third-largest landowner in New York City, a director of the Erie Railroad, a director of the Tenth National Bank, a director of the New-York Printing Company, proprietor of the Metropolitan Hotel, a significant stockholder in iron mines and gas companies, a board member of the Harlem Gas Light Company, a board member of the Third Avenue Railway Company, a board member of the Brooklyn Bridge Company, the president of the Guardian Savings Bank. Tweed was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1852 and the New York County Board of Supervisors in 1858, the year he became the head of the Tammany Hall political machine, he was elected to the New York State Senate in 1867, but Tweed's greatest influence came from being an appointed member of a number of boards and commissions, his control over political patronage in New York City through Tammany, his ability to ensure the loyalty of voters through jobs he could create and dispense on city-related projects.
Tweed was convicted for stealing an amount estimated by an aldermen's committee in 1877 at between $25 million and $45 million from New York City taxpayers through political corruption, although estimates ranged as high as $200 million. Unable to make bail, he was returned to custody, he died in the Ludlow Street Jail. Tweed was born April 1823, at 1 Cherry Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan; the son of a third-generation Scottish chair-maker, Tweed grew up on Cherry Street. His grandfather arrived in the United States from a town near the River Tweed close to Edinburgh. Tweed's religious affiliation was not known in his lifetime, but at the time of his funeral the New York Times, quoting a family friend, reported that his parents had been Quakers and "members of the old Rose Street Meeting house". At the age of 11, he left school to learn his father's trade, became an apprentice to a saddler, he studied to be a bookkeeper and worked as a brushmaker for a company he had invested in, before joining in the family business in 1852.
On September 29, 1844, he married Mary Jane C. Skaden and lived with her family on Madison Street for two years. Tweed became a member of the Odd Fellows and the Masons, joined a volunteer fire company, Engine No. 12. In 1848, at the invitation of state assemblyman John J. Reilly, he and some friends organized the Americus Fire Company No. 6 known as the "Big Six", as a volunteer fire company, which took as its symbol a snarling red Bengal tiger from a French lithograph, a symbol which remained associated with Tweed and Tammany Hall for many years. At the time, volunteer fire companies competed vigorously with each other; the competition could be so fierce that buildings would sometimes burn down while the fire companies fought each other. Tweed became known for his ax-wielding violence, was soon elected the Big Six foreman. Pressure from Alfred Carlson, the chief engineer, got him thrown out of the crew, but fire companies were recruiting grounds for political parties at the time, Tweed's exploits came to the attention of the Democratic politicians who ran the Seventh Ward, who put him up for Alderman in 1850, when Tweed was 26.
He lost that election to the Whig candidate Morgan Morgans, but ran again the next year and won, garnering his first political position. Tweed became associated with the "Forty Thieves", the group of aldermen and assistant aldermen who, up to that point, were known as some of the most corrupt politicians in the city's history. Tweed was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1852, but his two-year term was undistinguished. In an attempt by Republican reformers in Albany, the state capital, to control the Democratic-dominated New York City government, the power of the New York County Board of Supervisors was beefed up; the board had 12 members, six appointed by the mayor and six elected, in 1858 Tweed was appointed to the board, which became his first vehicle for large-scale graft. By 1853, Tweed was running the seventh ward for Tammany; the board had six Democrats and six Republicans, but Tweed just bought off one Republican to sway the board. One such Republican board member was Peter P. Voorhis, a coal dealer by profession who absented himself from a board meeting in exchange for $2,500 so that the board could appoint city inspectors.
Henry Smith was another Republican, a part of the Tweed ring. Although he was not trained as a lawyer, Tweed's friend, Judge George G. Barnard, certified him as an attorney, Tweed opened a law office on Duane Street, he ran for sheriff in 1861 and was defeated, but became the chairman of the Democratic General Committee shortly after the election, was chosen to be the head of Tammany's general committee in January 1863. Several months in April, he became "Grand Sachem", began to be referred to as "Boss" after he tightened his hold on power by creating a small executive committee to run the club. Tweed took steps to increase his income: he used his law firm to extort money, disguised as legal services.
Thomas J. Barr
Thomas Jefferson Barr was an American politician and a U. S. Representative from New York. Born in New York City, New York in 1812, Barr attended the public schools. Barr moved to Scotch Plains, New Jersey in 1835, conducted a roadhouse, he returned to New York City in 1842 and was Assistant Alderman from the Sixth Ward in 1849 and 1850, Alderman in 1852 and 1853. He was a member of the New York State Senate for the third district in 1854 and 1855. Elected on January 6, 1859, as an Independent Democrat to the 35th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Kelly, was re-elected to the 36th United States Congress, Barr was U. S. Representative for the fourth district of New York and held office from January 17, 1859, to March 3, 1861. Appointed a New York City Police Commissioner in 1870, Barr served until 1873, when the police board was abolished. Subsequently, he was employed in the office of the Collector of the Port of New York. Barr died in New York, New York County, New York, on March 27, 1881.
He is interred at Calvary Cemetery, New York. United States Congress. "Thomas J. Barr". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Thomas J. Barr at Find a Grave