George R. Lunn
George Richard Lunn (June 23, 1873 – November 27, 1948) was an American clergyman and politician from New York. He was the first Socialist mayor in the state of New York, a U.S. Representative from 1917 to 1919, and Lieutenant Governor from 1923 to 1924.
George R. Lunn was born June 23, 1873 near Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa. He graduated from Nebraska's Bellevue College in 1897, attended Princeton, New York, and Columbia Universities, and graduated from Union Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1901.
After receiving his ordination Lunn was pastor of Presbyterian and Dutch Reformed churches in Brooklyn and Schenectady from 1901 to 1914, including several years as associate pastor of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn.
He 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 in 1922, but defeated for re-election in 1924, even as Democratic Governor Alfred E. Smith was winning reelection. The 1924 election was the last in which the Governor and Lieutenant Governor were elected on different tickets.
Death and burial
- George Richard Lunn Gardner, The Schenectadians, 2001, pages 2 to 15
- Princeton University, Directory of Living Graduates and Former Students of Princeton University, 1902, page 133
- Livy S. Richard, Midmonthly Survey, Democracy in Religion, July 2, 1910, page 535
- Hartford Courant, A resignation Accepted, November 25, 1909
- James Weinstein, The Long Detour: The History and Future of the American Left, 2004, page 53
- New York Times, Lunn Arrested Again: Committed to Jail in Herkimer with Four Companions on Riot Charge, October 18, 1912
- Boston Globe, Socialist Parson Rules, November 26, 1911
- Eugene Victor Debs, James Robert Constantine, Letters of Eugene V. Debs, Volume 2, 1991, page 201
- New York Secretary of State, Manual for Use of the Legislature of the State of New York, 1918, page 338
- New York Times, Lunn to Speak for Democrats, September 20, 1920
- Peter R. Eisenstadt, Laura-Eve Moss, The Encyclopedia Of New York State, 2005, page 935
- Congressional Quarterly Press, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1996, 1997, pages 1422 to 1423
- New York Times, G.O.P. Gets State Offices: Lieut. Governor Lunn and All Other Incumbents Defeated, November 6, 1924
- New York Times, Lowman Dies 71: Ex-Lt. Governor, March 14, 1940
- Wall Street Journal, Lunn Confirmed for P.S.C., March 19, 1925
- New York Times, George R. Lunn Resigns, April 8, 1942
- Eugene Beals (ed.), "Commander-in-Chiefs of National Encampments, United Spanish War Veterans," Roots Web, www.ancestry.com/
- New York Times, Ex-Lieut. Gov. Lunn Dies on Coast, November 28, 1948
- Los Angeles Times, Rites Conducted in La Jolla for Dr. George Lunn, December 1, 1948
- Larry Hart, Schenectady Gazette, Concerts on the Green Made 90s Gay:Bandstand Symbol of Old Crescent Park, March 30, 1967
- George Richard Lunn at Political Graveyard
- George R. Lunn at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Gurnett, Kate. 'The rise of socialism in Schenectady. Albany Times Union. Monday, June 12, 2006.
- George Richard Lunn at Find A Grave
- "Testimony to the Special Investigative Committee of the New York State Assembly, Jan. 28, 1920." Corvallis, OR: 1000 Flowers Publishing, 2012.
- Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr., Tribune of the People: George R. Lunn and the Rise and Fall of Christian Socialism in Schenectady, in Bruce M. Stave (ed.), Socialism and the Cities, Port Washington: Kennikat Press. 1975.
- Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr., "George R. Lunn and the Socialist Era in Schenectady, New York, 1909-1916," New York History, vol. 47, no. 1 (January 1966), pp. 22–40. In JSTOR
- George R. Lunn Gardner, The Schenectadians: The Story of Schenectady's 20th Century and Two Men Who Helped Shape It. Writer's Club Press, 2001.
|United States House of Representatives|
William B. Charles
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th congressional district
| Succeeded by|
Clayton R. Lusk
|Lieutenant Governor of New York
| Succeeded by|