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Son of Irish emigrant elected New York Mayor
John Hylan, victor in the recent New York City mayoral race Photo: New York Public Library

Son of Irish emigrant elected New York Mayor

New York, 8 November 1917 - John Hylan, whose father emigrated from Co. Cavan, has been elected Mayor of New York City.

A Democrat backed by Tammany Hall, Hylan won over 154,000 votes more than the outgoing Mayor, John Purroy Mitchell.

These two candidates were trailed by Mr Hillquit, a Socialist, in third place; and Mr Bennett, a Republican, who finished a distant fourth.

Cartoon from the New York Times hinting that the Kaiser was backing either Hillquit or Hylan to win in New York (Image: New York Times, 4 Nov 1917)

Mr Hylan issued a statement on his election, declaring it a victory for honesty, efficiency and economy, and reiterating his fidelity to the American flag and the Government’s war effort.

Mr Hylan's campaign enjoyed the support of the Hearst newspapers including the New York Journal. He was also backed by German-Americans and Irish-Americans.

Meanwhile, the defeated Mr Mitchel, a grandson of Irish nationalist John Mitchell, had enjoyed the support of Mr Roosevelt, Senator Root, senior members of the judiciary and New York Englishmen.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.