George R. Lunn

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George R. Lunn

George Richard Lunn (born June 23, 1873 near Lenox , Taylor County , Iowa , † November 27, 1948 in Rancho Santa Fe , San Diego County , California ) was an American soldier, pastor and politician ( Democratic Party ).


George Richard Lunn attended schools in Lenox and Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated in 1897 at Bellevue College in Bellevue ( Nebraska ). During the subsequent Spanish-American War, he held the rank of corporal in Company I, 3rd Nebraska Regiment . After the end of the war he continued his studies at Princeton and Columbia Universities. He then graduated from Union Theological Seminary (UTS) in New York City in 1901 . He then served as a pastor in Brooklyn and Schenectady ( New York ) between 1901 and 1914 .

Lunn also pursued a political career. He was mayor of Schenectady in 1912, 1913, 1916 and 1917. During this time he was elected to the 65th US Congress , but suffered a defeat when he tried for re-election to the 66th US Congress . He served in the US House of Representatives from March 4, 1917 to March 3, 1919. He then held the post of Mayor of Schenectady again from 1920, a position he held until his resignation on January 1, 1923. He also took part as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932 and 1936. During this time he was Lieutenant Governor of New York between 1923 and 1924 . He was then appointed US Commissioner in New York State in 1925, a position he held until 1942 when he had to resign on health grounds.

Lunn died in Rancho Santa Fe, California in 1948 and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles .

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