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Walter A. Lynch, New York Congressman

Walter Aloysius Lynch (July 7, 1894 in New York City – September 10, 1957 in Belle Harbor, Queens) was an American politician originally from New York.

Early lifeEdit

He graduated from Fordham University in 1915 and Fordham University School of Law in 1918, afterwards practicing law in New York City.

Start of careerEdit

He served as a temporary New York City magistrate in 1930. In 1938 Lynch was delegate to the New York state constitutional convention.

CongressmanEdit

He was elected Democrat to the 76th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edward W. Curley, and was re-elected to the 77th, 78th, 79th, 80th and 81st United States Congresses, serving from February 20, 1940 to January 3, 1951.

Lynch was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1944 and 1948.

Candidate for governorEdit

In 1950, Lynch was the Democratic nominee for Governor of New York, and was defeated in a landslide by the incumbent Governor Thomas E. Dewey.

Later careerEdit

In 1952, Lynch served as chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee.

Lynch was elected to the New York Supreme Court in 1954, and served from January 1955 until his death.

Death and burialEdit

Lynch died at his summer home in Belle Harbor, Queens. He wa buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York.

FamilyEdit

In 1920, Lynch married Claire Rosemary Mitchell (1895-1985). They were the parents of sons Walter A. Lynch Jr. (1921-2017) and John Joseph Lynch (1928-1995).

SourcesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Walter A. Lynch (id: L000537)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Walter A. Lynch at Find a Grave
  • Walter A. Lynch at The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward W. Curley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

1940–1945
Succeeded by
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Preceded by
Charles A. Buckley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd congressional district

1945–1951
Succeeded by
Sidney A. Fine
Party political offices
Preceded by
James M. Mead
Democratic Nominee for Governor of New York
1950
Succeeded by
W. Averell Harriman