NICHOLAS W. RYAN - Having the advantage of long years of experience in the building trade, Nicholas W. Ryan,
Chief Inspector of Buildings in The Bronx, under the borough government, is thoroughly equipped for the intricate
duties he is called upon to perform in connection with his important office. He served his apprenticeship with
his brother, a leading construction engineer, remaining with him for nearly fourteen years. For many years he was
in the construction business on his own account, and the knowledge he had gained with his brother made him a factor
in the trade of the city. He is a man of real ability and fitness for the position he now holds, his long experience
in the construction line making him especially valuable to the borough of The Bronx, where, with the remarkable
progress and growth of this locality, building operations are going on apace.
Nicholas W. Ryan was born in Mercer County, New Jersey, September 11, 1868, son of Edward and Catherine (Snow)
Ryan. His father was born in Kilmathoinatown, County Tipperary, and his mother in Waterford County, both in Ireland.
He received his early education in the grammar and parochial schools of his locality, and later attended the State
Normal School of New Jersey at Princeton. All through his school years he helped his father with the farm duties,
but at the age of sixteen came to New York City and associated himself with his brother, who was one of the leading
construction engineers of that time. He served his period of apprenticeship in the trade, and' when he emerged
a full fledged journeyman, still remained with his brother. This association lasted for fourteen years, and during
this time Mr. Ryan was being finely equipped for the responsible position he was later to fill, and also for entrance
into business on his own account. He severed his connection with his brother, and until 1924 was engaged in the
construction trade independently, achieving much success in his line, and was esteemed for his personal contribution
to the modernized methods of applying the trade. In 1924 Mr. Ryan was offered the position of Chief Building Inspector
of The Bronx, by Patrick J. Reville, superintendent of Bureau of Buildings of The Bronx, who considered him the
best man to fill the position in view of his long experience in this work and his wide knowledge of men and affairs.
He accepted Mr. Reville's offer and entered upon his new duties January 1, 1925.
Mr. Ryan's fraternal affiliation is with Bronx Lodge, No. 871, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Clan
Na Gael Society, and Friends of Erin. He is a Democrat in politics, a member of the Jackson Democratic Club of
Nicholas W. Ryan married, in 1895, in the Roman Catholic Church, Our Lady of Good Counsel, New York City, Rev.
Father William John O. Kelly officiating, Mary Leo, daughter of Patrick and Eliza (Humphrey) Leo, her father born
in Limerick County, and her mother in Belfast, Ireland. Mr. Ryan's business address is Borough Hall, One Hundred
and Seventy seventh Street and Third Avenue, and his residence is No. 1440 Boston Road, The Bronx, New York City.
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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