World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

William O'Dwyer

Article Id: WHEBN0000034002
Reproduction Date:

Title: William O'Dwyer  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Vincent R. Impellitteri, Fiorello H. La Guardia, Characteristics of New York City mayoral elections, United States Ambassador to Mexico, List of mayors of New York City
Collection: 1890 Births, 1964 Deaths, Ambassadors of the United States to Mexico, American Military Personnel of World War II, Burials at Arlington National Cemetery, County District Attorneys in New York, Disease-Related Deaths in New York, Irish Diaspora Politicians, Irish Emigrants to the United States (Before 1923), Mayors of New York City, New York Democrats, New York Lawyers, People from County Mayo, United States Army Generals
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

William O'Dwyer

William O'Dwyer
100th Mayor of New York City[1]
In office
January 1, 1946 – August 31, 1950
Preceded by Fiorello H. La Guardia
Succeeded by Vincent R. Impellitteri
Personal details
Born July 11, 1890 (1890-07-11)
County Mayo, Ireland
Died Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter. (age 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Religion Roman Catholic

William O'Dwyer (July 11, 1890 – November 24, 1964) was the 100th Mayor of New York City, holding that office from 1946 to 1950.


  • Life and career 1
  • Other 2
  • Death 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Life and career

O'Dwyer was born in Murder, Inc. made him a national celebrity. After losing the mayoral election to Fiorello La Guardia in 1941, O'Dwyer enlisted in the US Army, achieving the rank of brigadier general.[2]

In 1945, O'Dwyer received the nomination of Tammany Hall Leader Edward V. Loughlin and easily won the mayoral election. At his inauguration, O'Dwyer celebrated to the song, "It's a Great Day for the Irish," and addressed the 700 people gathered in Council Chambers at City Hall: "It is our high purpose to devote our whole time, our whole energy to do good work..." He established the Office of City Construction Coordinator, appointing Robert Moses to the post, worked to have the permanent home of the United Nations located in Manhattan, presided over the first billion-dollar New York City budget, created a traffic department and raised the subway fare from five cents to ten cents. In 1948, O'Dwyer received The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York."

Shortly after his re-election to the mayoralty in 1949, O'Dwyer was confronted with a police corruption scandal uncovered by the Kings County District Attorney, Miles McDonald. O'Dwyer resigned from office on August 31, 1950. Upon his resignation, he was given a ticker tape parade up Broadway's

Party political offices
Preceded by
Jeremiah Mahoney
Democratic Nominee for Mayor of New York City
Succeeded by
William O'Dwyer
Political offices
Preceded by
Fiorello H. La Guardia
Mayor of New York City
Succeeded by
Vincent R. Impellitteri
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Walter C. Thurston
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
Succeeded by
Francis White
  • O'Dwyer profile at the official New York City website

External links

  1. ^ "The Green Book: Mayors of the City of New York" on the official NYC website
  2. ^ Ralph J. Caliendo, New York City Mayors: Part II: the Mayors of Greater New York From 1898, 2010, page 90
  3. ^ City of New York, William O'Dwyer, 100th Mayor, 1946—1950 (1890 - 1964), retrieved November 23, 2013
  4. ^ Life Magazine, November 12, 1951
  5. ^ Jewish Telegraphic Agency, "150,000 Cheer Jewish State at New York Celebration of Israeli Independence Day", republished on Jewish News Archive, original story May 5, 1949
  6. ^ The remarkable History of the O'Dwyer Family
  7. ^ "William O'Dwyer profile".  


See also

William O'Dwyer died in New York City on November 24, 1964, in Beth Israel Hospital, aged 74, from heart failure[6][7] and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery.


His youngest sibling, his brother Paul (1907-1998), was also a New York politician, serving as the then-city-wide elected position of City Council President (1974–77).


He visited Israel for 34 days in 1951 on behalf of his Jewish constituents.[4] He helped organize the first Israel Day Parade,[5] along with New York's Jewish community.


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.