William Sulzer

Gov. William Sulzer

New York

Term(s)
January 1, 1913 - October 17, 1913

Born
March 18, 1863

Passed
November 6, 1941

Party
Democratic

School(s)
Columbia College

Status:
Resigned

Birth State
New Jersey

National Office(s) Served:
Representative

Family:
Married Clara Rodelheim

BIO

WILLIAM SULZER, the forty-second governor of New York, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on March 18, 1863. His early education was attained in the New Jersey public schools, and later he attended Columbia College. He went on to study law, and then established his legal career in New York City. Sulzer first entered politics in 1889, serving as a member of the New York House of Representatives, a position he held five years. He also served as speaker of the house in 1893; was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions from 1892 to 1912; and served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1895 to 1912. Sulzer next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 5, 1912. During his tenure, his efforts to remove Tammany Hall influences in state government resulted in an investigation that discovered fraud in his own campaign contributions. After impeachment charges were brought against him, Sulzer was removed from office on October 17, 1913. Later that same year, he won election as an Independent to the New York House of Representatives. After a failed bid for the governorship in 1914, Sulzer retired from political life. He continued to stay active in his legal practice. Governor William Sulzer passed away on November 6, 1941, and was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside, New Jersey.

Source

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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