Biography of Patrick J. McMahon
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PATRICK J. McMAHON - For ten years Patrick J. McMahon has been widely known as one of the foremost lawyers of The Bronx, and for almost as many his services as a public servant in various capacities have been even more widely commended. His offices at No. 501 East One Hundred and Sixty first Street and No. 305 Broadway have been the scene of many able legal campaigns and much inspirational political leadership. Patrick J. McMahon was born in New York City, on July 12, 1882, son of Patrick J. and Elizabeth (Loonis) McMahon. His father, who came to the United States as a young man in 1875 and headed a mercantile establishment, died in 1902. His mother died in 1896.

Patrick J. McMahon attended Harlem Evening High School, Morris Evening High School, the New York Preparatory School, and the New York Law School, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, in 1912, and president of the senior class. In 1915 he was admitted to the bar and began soon upon an independent general practice. Elected to the State Legislature in 1912, he became chief clerk in the District Attorney's office in The Bronx, assigned to the responsible task of organizing the chief clerk's office, and remained there for two and a half years. In 1917 and 1918 Mr. McMahon was assistant corporation counsel of New York City. He was then associate counsel on the Lockwood Committee on Housing, stationed at Buffalo. From January, 1923, to January I, 1925, the date of his resignation, he was deputy Attorney General.

In addition to his political and private activities, Mr. McMahon gave generously of his services during the World War as legal adviser to the Draft Board. He was a loyal worker in the Bed Cross drives, the united campaign for funds by various social agencies, the Jewish drive, and that of the Salvation Army. He is a member of Bronx Lodge, No. 871, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Modern Woodmen of America, No. 12935, Bunker Hill Camp, The Bronx Friends of Erin, the American Irish Historical Society, the Bunker Hill Club, the Arthur H. Murphy Association, and a number of others.

On October 22, 1907, in The Bronx, Patrick J. McMahon married Withelmina Hamberg, of Westchester, daughter of William and Mary Hamberg, both deceased. Children: 1. Patrick William, born August 22, 1909. 2. Vincent Joseph, born March 22, 1913. 3. Robert Emmett, born January 9, 1915.

From:
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


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