Biography of Thos W. Fitzgerald
Richmond County, NY Biographies





THOS. W. FITZGERALD was born in New York, September 1st, 1854. He was educated in the New York common schools and the College of the City of New York.

He entered the law office of the late Francis N. Bangs, November Est, 1871, with whom he remained until January 16th, 1884.

In 1872, he moved to Staten Island, and has resided here ever since. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and practised in the office where he studied until 1884, when he left to accept the position of clerk of the court of the city of New York, but still continued the practice of his profession. He was appointed by President Cleveland, a member of the board of pension appeals, in 1887.

In March 1889, he was appointed secretary of the board of police commissioners of Richmond county, a position which he held until January 1890, when he resigned to assume the duties of district attorney, an office to which he had been elected the previous November, and to which he was reelected in November 1892, by the largest majority ever given any person for that office. He will be a member of the Constitutional Convention to meet in Albany in May 1894. Among the important cases which he has tried and brought to a successful issue during his term of office are the following: People vs. Emmons, murder; People vs. Kinsella, manslaughter; People vs. Mahoney, arson and several others.

Mr. Fitzgerald has always been a Democrat, has been for many years a member of the Democratic county committee, and has often been elected delegate to the state conventions, and for the past three years has been vice chairman of the Democratic General Committee. He has made quite a reputation in all parts of the state as a campaign speaker, and is well known in the county as an earnest and forcible advocate of the principles of his party.

From:
Prominent Men of Staten Island 1893
A. Y. Hubbell, Publishers
New York, 1893.


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