Biography of John Wynne
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JOHN WYNNE - As an indication of the high regard in which he is held by his fellow citizens of The Bronx, John Wynne, chosen as a presidential elector for the two nominations of President Warren G. Harding, was one of only two of the Harding electors to be reelected by his fellow citizens to serve in a similar capacity during the nomination of President Calvin Coolidge.

John Wynne is a native of Keadne, Ireland, where he was born on May 30, 1852, son of the late John and Mary (Cullen) Wynne. John Wynne, the elder, was a son of Teddy and Julia (McDermottroe) Wynne. Julia McDermottroe was a native of the Dublin District. The Wynne family have resided on their old homestead for many generations, it being located in County Roscommon, Ireland, and all have engaged in the tilling of the soil.

John Wynne, prominent resident and business man of The Bronx, New York City, attended the common schools of Ireland. He came to the United States and settled in New York when in his nineteenth year. He was first occupied as an office boy for a leading real estate firm, and proceeded to learn the realty business with utmost thoroughness. He eventually engaged in the business on his own account, and was very successful therein. That he was considered a most fair and honest realtor is attested by the frequent laudatory articles relative to himself and his business that were published in the New York "Herald" of that day. He was considered an authority on realty values, has developed, improved and marketed much property, and is the owner of several large parcels of land in the High Bidge district. He was successful in amassing much wealth, and, though considerably embarrassed by the panic of 1907, was able to survive the critical period, and recuperated in good time. He retired from active participation in business affairs in 1908, but continues to speculate in realty properties.

It is said that it is largely due to the vigor and perseverance of Mr. Wynne that The Bronx district owes in large measure its present great prosperity. A personal friend of Mr. Shonts, head of the elevated railway system, Mr. Wynne prevailed upon the magnate to erect the Elevated station at One Hundred and Sixty second Street. His fellow ciitzens also credit Mr. Wynne with the early completion of the fire station and the public school in the High Bridge section, in which district he has been particularly active as a developer. Following completion in 1913, of the Elevated station at One Hundred and Sixty second Street and Anderson Avenue, he placed on the market many building lots, and also erected a number of the first apartment houses in the community.

That Mr. Wynne is a Republican is, of course, signally indicated by the honors bestowed upon him during the Harding and Coolidge presidential nominations. He is a director of The Bronx Board of Trade. During the World War, he was chairman of the local Draft board and received a splendid citation from the Government upon occasion of his discharge therefrom.

Mr. Wynne was married, April 15, 1879. Children: 1. Robert Augustus, married Mary M. Worthan and has one son, Robert A., Jr. 2. Florence Antoinette, married Dr. Lawrence W. Gallagher, and has two sons, Lawrence W., Jr., and John.

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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