George W. Loft

George William Loft (February 6, 1865 – November 6, 1943) was an American businessman, politician, real estate developer, and owner/breeder of thoroughbred racehorses.[1]

George W. Loft
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Born(1865-02-06)February 6, 1865
DiedNovember 6, 1943(1943-11-06) (aged 78)
Resting placeSaint Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx
OccupationBusinessman, banker, politician, real estate owner/developer, racehorse owner/breeder
Political partyDemocrat
Spouse(s)1) Elizabeth M.
2) Julia McMahon
ChildrenGeorge Leon (d. 1935)


Loft with his wife c. 1922

He was born in New York City on February 6, 1865 to English immigrant William Loft (1828-1919),[2] 1860 founder of Loft, Inc. candymakers. Loft attended the public schools. He gained considerable wealth in the candy manufacturing business and expanded into retailing, banking, and real estate.[1]

His first wife Elizabeth M. Loft died in 1910.[3] Loft remarried in 1911 to Julia McMahon whom he met when she was a salesclerk working at his store at 54 Barclay Street in New York. The couple made their home in Baldwin, New York on Long Island. On May 12, 1921, Julia Loft was appointed an honorary Deputy Police Commissioner for the City of New York and announced she would be active in her position and would fulfill her duties on a full-time basis.[4]

A member of the United States House of Representatives from New York, Loft was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the 1906 death of Timothy D. Sullivan. He was reelected in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress and served from November 4, 1913, to March 3, 1917. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1916.

In 1923, the City of New York honored him by naming one of its Staten Island Ferry boats the George W. Loft.

He formed George W. Loft Markets Inc. as a retail store operator and George W. Loft Realty Company to handle all real estate transactions, primarily for leasing retail space. In 1938 Loft sub-divided forty acres of his estate at Baldwin, Long Island, erecting twelve luxury homes.

In 1927 George Loft founded the Emerald National Bank & Trust Co. in a building he owned at Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street in Manhattan.[5][6] In 1929 he founded the South Shore Trust Co. in Rockville Centre, New York, and served as president until his death. Following his death, Frank W. Breitbach was elected to succeed George W. Loft as president of the South Shore Trust Company.

Thoroughbred racingEdit

Beginning around 1915 Loft became involved in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing. His stable of horses in flat racing were trained by future U.S. racing Hall of Fame trainer, Max Hirsch.

Loft owned a number of quality racehorses including the very good colt, Papp. In 1917 Papp won the most important race for two-year-olds, the Belmont Futurity Stakes and that same year his filly, Julialeon, won the 1917 Stuyvesant Handicap at Jamaica Race Course. In 1920, he purchased Tippity Witchet, a gelding who raced through age fourteen and after being sold would later retire with seventy-eight wins, fourth all-time among American horses. [1] In 1925, Loft won the prestigious Manhattan Handicap with the gelding, Pepp. [2] In steeplechase racing, his horse Sweepment was the 1921 the Champion timber-topper.[3]

George W. Loft died in Baldwin, New York on November 6, 1943 and was interred in St. Raymond's Cemetery in The Bronx.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Geo. W. Loft Dies, Candy Maker. Founder and Ex-Head of Store Chain Here Had Represented 13th District in Congress". New York Times. November 7, 1943.
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  3. ^ "Obituary 1 -- No Title" (PDF). The New York Times. 1910-05-11. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  4. ^ "G. W. LOFT TO HEAD NEW MIDTOWN BANK; Organizes Emerald National With Capital and Surplus of $1,000,000. ANOTHER TRUST COMPANY California Institution to Have Subsidiary Here -- Other Banking Changes". The New York Times. April 29, 1922.
  5. ^ "Business & Finance: Accidental Banker". Time. April 4, 1927.
  6. ^ "SWEEPMENT LEADS TIMBER TOPPERS; Captures Harford Steeplechase Honors at Havre de Grace in His 1922 Debut". The New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2015.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Timothy D. Sullivan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th congressional district

November 4, 1913 – March 3, 1917
Succeeded by
Christopher D. Sullivan

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website