J. Daniel Mahoney

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John Daniel Mahoney (September 7, 1931 – October 23, 1996) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

John Daniel Mahoney
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
April 7, 1986 – October 23, 1996
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded bySeat established by 98 Stat. 333
Succeeded bySonia Sotomayor
2nd Chairman of the New York State Conservative Party
In office
July 1962 – April 1986
Preceded byKieran O'Doherty
Succeeded bySerphin R. Maltese
Personal details
John Daniel Mahoney

(1931-09-07)September 7, 1931
Orange, New Jersey
DiedOctober 23, 1996(1996-10-23) (aged 65)
Derby, Connecticut
Political partyNew York State Conservative
Domestic partnerKathleen Mahoney
ChildrenDaniel Mahoney, Kieran Mahoney, Frances Mahoney, Mary Mahoney, Eileen Mahoney, and Elizabeth Mahoney
EducationSt. Bonaventure University (B.A.)
Columbia Law School (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born in Orange, New Jersey, Mahoney received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from St. Bonaventure University in 1952. He received a Bachelor of Laws from Columbia Law School in 1955 as a Kent Scholar. He was in the United States Coast Guard from 1955 to 1958. He was in private practice of law in New York City from 1958 to 1962 and from 1965 to 1986. He was the State Chairman of the New York Conservative Party from 1962 to 1986. [1]

In 1985, Mahoney represented the National Review and its editor, William F. Buckley Jr., during the magazine's $16 million libel suit against The Spotlight.[2]

Conservative Party of New YorkEdit

Mahoney founded the Conservative Party of New York, with his brother-in-law, Kieran O'Doherty, who served as the new party's first chairman. The Conservative Party was established as a counterweight to the Liberal Party of New York, which endorsed Democrats on the political left. Mahoney authored Actions Speak Louder: The Story of the New York Conservative Party (Arlington House, 1968), which recounts the formation and early years of the party.

Further information regarding Mahoney and the formation of the Conservative Party and its role in the conservative movement through 2002 is available in Fighting the Good Fight, authored by George J. Marlin (St. Augustine's Press, 2002). Marlin was the Conservative Party mayoral nominee in 1993, having been defeated by the liberal Republican Rudy Giuliani.

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Mahoney was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on February 7, 1986, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 27, 1986, and received commission on April 7, 1986. His service was terminated on October 23, 1996, due to death.[1]


Mahoney died of a cerebral hemorrhage on October 23, 1996, in Derby, Connecticut.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Mahoney, John Daniel - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  2. ^ Archibald, George (October 25, 1985). "Jury begged not to let Buckley 'punish and destroy' Spotlight" (PDF). The Washington Times. Washington, D.C. p. 3-A. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Judge J. Daniel Mahoney, 65, Founder of Conservative Party". The New York Times. 26 October 1996.


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Kieran O'Doherty
Chairman of the Conservative Party of New York
Succeeded by
Serphin Maltese
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Succeeded by
Sonia Sotomayor