CAPTAIN DAVID J. CONROY - Coming from a long line of sturdy American ancestors, Captain David J. Conroy may
well be styled a "self made man." His father dying when he was only three and one half years old, he
early in life, at the age of thirteen years, took up the burden of helping to support his mother. He started in
a small way in the towing and tug business, and today is president of his own company, The Bronx Towing Company,
incorporated in June, 1918, the only company of its kind in The Bronx, and with barges running from Jacksonville
to Palm Beach, and doing forty per cent of the city work around The Bronx.
David J. Conroy was born in Albany, New York, November 8, 1870, the son of John and Mary Conroy, his mother passing
away in Albany in 1910. He received his early education in the public schools of Albany, but at the age of thirteen
started his business career. He has been in the towing and tug business all of his life, in 1895 doing towing all
along the east coast, having eight boats in service. He has barges running from Jacksonville to Palm Beach taking
care of his southern trade, while forty per cent of the city's business around The Bronx is cared for by him, and
during the building of the Manhattan and other bridges in New York City his tugs carried all the caissons for this
work. He has built and launched six tugs in The Bronx, his business the only one of its kind in The Bronx. In 1898
he removed to The Bronx, and in June, 1918, Captain David J. Conroy incorporated his business under the name of
The Bronx Towing Company, employing fifty men, with an annual pay roll of $100,000. He is a member of the New York
Towboat Exchange, New York Maritime Exchange, the National Board of Steam Navigation, and the New York Boat Construction
Association. He is a Democrat in political affiliation and serves his community as a member of The Bronx Board
of Trade and the River and Harbor's Committee. His religious fellowship is with the Holy Family Church of The Bronx.
Captain David J. Conroy married, January I, 1900, in New York City, Catherine Jordan, her parents long deceased.
Captain and Mrs. Conroy are the parents of one son, Gerald, born June 24, 1917, the only survivor of eleven children.
Captain and Mrs. Conroy's residence is at No. 1251 Theriot Avenue, while his business address is at One Hundred
and Fifty second Street and Harlem River.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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