MARTIN H. GLYNN, the forty-third governor of New York, was born in Kinderhook, New York on September 27, 1871. His education was attained at Fordham University, where he graduated in 1894, and then he attended Albany Law School. Besides his legal career, he worked as a journalist and eventually became the editor of the Albany Times-Union
. Glynn first entered politics as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a position he held from 1899 to 1901. He also was the vice president of the National Commission of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition; and was the lieutenant governor of New York in 1913. On October 17, 1913 Governor William Sulzer was removed from office, and Glynn, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. During his tenure, state taxes were cut; a statewide primary election law was sanctioned; and a workmen’s compensation bill was authorized. After running unsuccessfully for a term of his own, Glynn continued to remain active in politics. In 1916 he served as the chairman of the Democratic National Convention; and in 1919 he was a member of the Federal Industrial Commission. Governor Martin H. Glynn, who suffered from chronic pain most of his life, committed suicide on December 14, 1924. He was buried in the St. Agnes Cemetery in Albany, New York.
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