Governor Martin H. Glynn, Forgotten Hero
Written by Dominick Lizzi
Governor Martin H. Glynn (1871-1924) was the shooting star of the American Progressive movement in the first quarter of the twentieth century. From humble beginnings in the rural mill village of Valatie, New York, this son of Irish immigrants quickly rose to become a congressman in 1899, state comptroller in 1907, lieutenant governor and then New York State's first Roman Catholic governor in 1913. Along the way he was editor and publisher of the Albany Times Union, and a famed orator who gave the classic "He Kept Us Out of War" speech for president Woodrow Wilson's second nomination in 1916. Glynn began the first negotiations between the Irish rebels and the British government which led to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922.
This kind-hearted man who fought prejudice and ignorance at every turn died suddenly in December, 1924. The mystery and tragedy surrounding his death caused his outstanding legacy and accomplishments to be largely forgotten. Governor Martin H. Glynn, Forgotten Hero restores his reputation.
The Valatie Press
Softcover, 122 pages