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William Edward CLEARY

(1849-1932)

CLEARY, William Edward, a Representative from New York; born in Ellenville, Ulster County, N.Y., July 20, 1849; attended the public schools and the Ellenville Academy; moved to Brooklyn in 1879 and engaged in water transportation; vice president of the New York Board of Trade and Transportation; was a founder, and served as president, of the Victory Memorial Hospital; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Daniel J. Griffin; reelected to the Sixty-sixth Congress and served from March 5, 1918, to March 3, 1921; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; elected to the Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1927); was not a candidate for reelection in 1926; resumed his former business interests; died in Brooklyn, N.Y., December 20, 1932; interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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