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William Irving Sirovich (March 18, 1882 – December 17, 1939) was an American politician from New York.

William I. Sirovich
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1927 – December 17, 1939
Preceded byNathan D. Perlman
Succeeded byMorris Michael Edelstein
Personal details
William Irving Sirovich

(1882-03-18)March 18, 1882
York County, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 17, 1939(1939-12-17) (aged 57)
New York City
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materCollege of the City of New York
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Sirovich was born in 1882 in York County, Pennsylvania to Hungarian immigrants Rev. Jacob and Rose Sirovich (née Weinstock). The family moved to New York City in 1888. Sirovich attended the public schools there and graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1902 and from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1906. He commenced the practice of medicine in New York City in 1906 and also engaged as a lecturer, editor, and playwright, several of his plays being produced on Broadway.

In 1908 and 1910, he ran on the Independence League ticket for New York State Treasurer but was defeated by Republican Thomas B. Dunn (1908) and Democrat John J. Kennedy (1910).

He was a member of the fifth district school board from 1906 to 1926 and was appointed as a member of the commission to inquire into the subject of widows' pensions and of the State pension commission in 1913. He was appointed a member of the State charities convention in 1914 and served as superintendent of Peoples Hospital in New York City from 1910 to 1927. He was appointed commissioner of child welfare in 1919 and served until 1931; in 1924 he was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the 69th United States Congress.

Sirovich was elected as a Democrat to the 70th, 71st, 72nd, 73rd, 74th, 75th and 76th United States Congresses, and served from March 4, 1927 until his death. During the 72nd through 76th Congresses he was Chairman of the Committee on Patents.

He was President of the Industrial National Bank in New York City from 1929 to 1932 and was a delegate to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Congress held at Bucharest, Romania, in 1931.

Sirovich died in New York City in 1939. He was buried at the Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing.[1]

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  1. ^ "Sirovich Funeral Blocks 2d Avenue - 25,000 Persons in Streets Pay Representative Tribute - 1,000 Attend Services - Eulogy by La Guardia - Political Leaders, American Legion Members Present - Private Rites at Home". New York Times. December 20, 1939. p. 25. Retrieved 17 April 2016.

"Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of William Irving Sirovich, late a representative from New York frontispiece 1941"

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nathan David Perlman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Morris Michael Edelstein