George Cromwell (July 3, 1860 – September 17, 1934) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.[1][2][3]

George Cromwell
George Cromwell.jpg
Member of the New York Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
January 1, 1915 – December 31, 1918
Preceded byGeorge A. Blauvelt
Succeeded byJohn J. Dunnigan
1st Borough President of Staten Island
In office
January 1, 1898 – December 31, 1913
Preceded byNone (office created)
Succeeded byCharles J. McCormack
Member of the New York State Assembly from Richmond County
In office
January 1, 1888 – December 31, 1888
Preceded byEdward A. Moore
Succeeded byHubbard R. Yetman
Personal details
George Cromwell

(1860-07-03)July 3, 1860
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 17, 1934(1934-09-17) (aged 74)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Hermine de Rouville
Alma materBrooklyn Polytechnic Institute
Yale University
Columbia Law School


He was the son of Henry Bowman Cromwell, founder of the Cromwell Shipping Line, and Sarah (Seaman) Cromwell. He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, and graduated from Yale College in 1883. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1886, and practiced law with the firm of Elihu Root until 1889. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Richmond County) in 1888.[1][2]

From 1889 to 1897, he practiced law with the firm of Butler, Stillman & Hubbard, and was in charge of the admiralty law branch. In 1897, he opened his own law office on Broadway (Manhattan).[1][2][3]

After the consolidation of New York City, he was elected the first Borough President of Richmond in a very close and contested election, with a margin of only six votes, that was decided by the New York State Court of Appeals. He was elected three times, and served from 1898 to 1913.[1][2][3]

He was a member of the New York State Senate (23rd D.) from 1915 to 1918, sitting in the 138th, 139th, 140th and 141st New York State Legislatures. He declined to run for re-election in 1918.[4] On June 1, 1915, in his first senate term, he married Hermine de Rouville, a member of the noted Hertel de Rouville family of Quebec.[5] They had no children.[1][2]

On September 11, 1934, he suffered a stroke, and died six days later in Dongan Hills, Staten Island. He was buried at the Moravian Cemetery in New Dorp, Staten Island.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "George Cromwell Dead at Age of 74". New York Times. September 18, 1934. p. 21. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bulletin of Yale University – Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased During the Year 1934–1935 (PDF). p. 47. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Lundrigan, Margaret (2004). Staten Island: Isle of the Bay. Arcadia Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 0-7385-2443-3.
  4. ^ "Cromwell Drops Politics" (PDF). New York Times. August 4, 1918. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "June Comes With a Trail of Brides – Cromwell—de Rouville" (PDF). New York Times. June 2, 1915. Retrieved March 1, 2019.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Edward A. Moore
New York State Assembly
Richmond County

Succeeded by
Hubbard R. Yetman
Political offices
Preceded by
new office
Borough President of Richmond
Succeeded by
Charles J. McCormack
New York State Senate
Preceded by
George A. Blauvelt
New York State Senate
23rd District

Succeeded by
John J. Dunnigan