Ernest Greenwood

Ernest Greenwood (November 25, 1884 – June 15, 1955) was an American schoolteacher and principal. He is most notable for his service as a United States Representative from New York from 1951 to 1953.

Ernest Greenwood
Ernest Greenwood Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byW. Kingsland Macy
Succeeded byStuyvesant Wainwright
Personal details
Born(1884-11-25)November 25, 1884
Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
DiedJune 15, 1955(1955-06-15) (aged 70)
Bay Shore, New York
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery, Bay Shore, New York
Political partyDemocratic
EducationCity College of New York
Columbia University

Early lifeEdit

Greenwood was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England on November 25, 1884. He attended the public schools of Halifax and the Evening Technical Institute and College, and was employed with engineering firms in Sheffield from 1905 to 1906 and Halifax from 1907 to 1910.

Education careerEdit

He immigrated to the United States in 1910 and worked for the General Electric Co. in Schenectady from 1910 to 1914. Deciding on a career in education, Greenwood attended City College of New York and Columbia University, and then taught in the Schenectady public schools from 1914 to 1916. He later relocated to Islip, and he taught at Islip High School from 1916 to 1920.

During World War I, Greenwood was a member of committee on Census and Inventory of Military Resources and from 1920 to 1922 he was supervisor of the Federal Board of Vocational Education. He was associate headmaster of the Dwight School for Boys and New York Preparatory School for Adults from 1922 to 1927, and headmaster from 1927 to 1946. He served as chairman of the board of trustees from 1946 until his death. During World War II, Greenwood served on Islip's Rationing Board. From 1947 to 1948, he was chairman of the planning commission for the Bay Shore Board of Education, and he was the board's treasurer from 1947 to 1950. In 1949, he was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for the Suffolk County Board of Supervisors.


In 1950, Greenwood was elected to the Eighty-second Congress as a Democrat, defeating Republican incumbent W. Kingsland Macy. He served in the House from January 3, 1951 to January 3, 1953, and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952. He ran unsuccessfully in 1954, after which he lived in retirement.

Death and burialEdit

Greenwood died in Bay Shore on June 15, 1955. He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Bay Shore.


  • United States Congress. "Ernest Greenwood (id: G000438)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Ernest Greenwood at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
W. Kingsland Macy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Stuyvesant Wainwright