George R. Lunn

George R. Lunn

George Richard Lunn (June 23, 1873 near Lenox, Taylor County, IowaNovember 27, 1948 Schenectady, New York) was an American clergyman and politician from New York. He was the first Socialist mayor in the State of New York, and was a U.S. Representative from 1917 to 1919.


He fought in the Spanish-American War in 1898, and was Commander-in-Chief of the United Spanish War Veterans in 1931-32.

He was Mayor of Schenectady, New York from 1912 to 1913 and from 1916 to 1917, elected on the Socialist ticket, and from 1920 to 1922, elected as a Democrat.

Lunn was elected as a Democrat to the 65th United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1917, to March 3, 1919.

He was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1923 to 1924, elected on the Democratic ticket with Governor Al Smith.

Lunn owned the land upon which Lath maintained his famous ice house in the leading collateral agreement case, "Mitchell v. Lath" (Ct. of App. of N.Y, 247 N.Y. 377). The facts of the case are mentioned in the official comments to the Principles of European Contract Law.

External links

* [ "George R. Lunn: Man of Two Parties"] . Article illustrated with Lunn's campaign buttons as both a Socialist and a Democrat.
* [] Commanders-in-Chief of the USWV, with photo, at RootsWeb


* Gurnett, Kate. [ "'The rise of socialism in Schenectady"] ] . Albany Times Union. Monday, June 12, 2006.

Further reading

* Hendrickson Jr., Kenneth E. "Tribune of the People: George R. Lunn and the Rise and Fall of Christian Socialism in Schenectady", in "Socialism and the Cities", Bruce M. Stave, ed. Port Washington: Kennikat Press. 1975.
* Hendrickson Jr., Kenneth E. "George R. Lunn and the Socialist Era in Schenectady, New York, 1909-1916". "New York History". January, 1966.

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