Published genealogies and biographies: Boigraphical sketch of Henry Aloysius Gumbleton


Date: 1900
Place: New York, USA

Boigraphical sketch of Henry Aloysius Gumbleton
Henry Aloysius Gumbleton, who has attained prominence in New York city as a lawyer, politician, and public office-holder, is, like so many other successuful New-Yorkers, of Irish parentage. His father and mother were both natives of Ireland, but spent much of their lives in New York. The father, Richard Gumbleton, belonged to one of the important county families of Waterford and Cork counties, which had been transplanted into Ireland from England in the seventeenth century. In his boyhood, Richard Gumbleton came to America, and was employed successively in Nova Scotia, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. Then he came to new York city, and pursued a long and successful career as clothing manufacturer. When he died in New York, at the age of ninety years, he had been in this country about three quarters of a century. Richard gumbleton married, in New York, Miss Catherine Murphy, who was also of Irish birth and descent.

The son of this couple, and subject of this sketch, was born in New York city on September 14th, 1846. He was educated in the public schools of the city, and in the Free Academy, from which latter he was graduated in 1863, when it had received its present name, the College of the City of New York. Then, inclining to the legal profession, he entered the Columbia College Law School, and there pursued a course of study under Professor Theodore W. Dwight.

Mr. Gumbleton was admitted to practice law at the bar of New York in 1869, but did not actually begin professional work until ten years later, in the latter part of 1879. Since the latter date, however, he has been steadily engaged in the practice of law with good success.

This gap between admission to the bar and entry upon legal practice wsa filled with public serrvices. In April 1865, Mr. Gumbleton became a clerk in the office of the County Clerk of the county of New York. From that beginning he was promoted in due course to be an assistant deputy and then deputy to the County Clerk. Years of such service were deemed to qualify him to fill the highest office in that department, and accordingly, in 1876, he was nominated by the Democratic party, and elected to the office of County Clerk of the county of New York.

It should be added that in 1875 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Public Works by Gereral Fitz-John Porter, who was then Commissioner, and held that place under General Porter and his successor, Allan Campbell, until he was elected County Clerk, when he resigned it to accept the latter office.

Mr. Gumbleton was in 1883 a member of the Board of Assessors of New York. He was again appointed to that office by Mayor Gilroy, in 1891, and acted as chairman of the board.

Mr. Gumbleton has various business interests, and is connected with a number of companies and organizations. He is a charter member and vice-president of the North Side Board of Trade, counsel for the Twenty-third Ward Property Owners' Association, and attorney and counsel for the People's Guaranty and Indemnity Company, the J. and M. Haffen Brewery Company, and the Standard Malt and Hop Brewery Company.

In politics he is a Democrat, and is affiliated with Tammany Hall. He belongs to the Tammany Society or Columbian Order, and to the Democratic Club.

Mr. Gumbleton has twice been married--once in 1872, and again in 1900.

Mitchell C. Harrison: New York State's Prominent and Progressive Men
1900

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