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George Richard Lunn

politician

George Richard Lunn 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.

Background

George R. Lunn was born June 23, 1873 near Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa.

Lunn died November 27, 1948 in Schenectady, New York.

Career

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

Lunn 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. In 1920, he was defeated by Harry C. Walker in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senator from New York.

Lunn was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1923 to 1924, elected on the Democratic ticket with Governor Al Smith in 1922, but defeated for re-election in 1924. 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.

Views

a humanist and a rationalist

Membership

Member 65th Congress (1917-1919), 30th New York District. Served as corporal Company I, 3d Nebraska Regiment, Spanish-American War.