Biography of Edward P. Lynch
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Edward P. Lynch, lawyer and public official, has practiced law at Ogdensburg for 35 years, and is among the prominent professional men of St. Lawrence County. He was born in this city, the son of Edward and Mary (Counihan) Lynch. Both were natives of Ireland and are now deceased.

The early education of Edward P. Lynch was received in the public and parochial schools of Ogdensburg and he was also a student at Ogdensburg Free Academy. He studied law in the office of Louis Hasbrouck and was admitted to the bar in 1895. He continued his studies, however, until 1898, at which time he became a member of the firm of Hasbrouck and Lynch. The partnership was dissolved in 1904, and Mr. Lynch has since engaged in private practice. He was elected supervisor of the fourth ward in 1898 and served continuously until 1906, being park commissioner from 1906 until 1908. He then was alderman in the same ward from 1908 until 1921. Few public officeholders are able to show a more consistent or meritorious record than Mr. Lynch. He was elected mayor of Ogdensburg in 1920 on the Democratic ticket with a majority of 409 votes, and at the end of two years was reelected by a three fold plurality, and thus gave the Democratic party a stronger hold than it had formerly had in local affairs. The two year term to which he was reelected in 1922 was subsequently extended to three years by special act of the State Legislature at Albany, under the Home Rule Act, until its expiration in 1925.

In addition to his civic activities, Mr. Lynch is prominent in business affairs as trustee of the St. Lawrence County Savings Bank.

Mr. Lynch was married on Nov. 16, 1927, to Miss Helen M. Gillerlain, of Brockville, Ontario, the daughter of William and Catherine Gillerlain. The former, a native of Canada, died in 1907 and is buried at Brockville. His widow was born in Ireland and is now 86 years of age. She lives in Brockville. Mrs. Lynch is a graduate nurse, of Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg.

Mr. Lynch and his wife are members of the Catholic Church, and he belongs to B. P. O. Elks No. 772. He is secretary of the Century Club and holds membership in the St. Lawrence County Bar Association.


The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932

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