Patrick Henry McCarren

Patrick Henry McCarren

Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 23 Oct 1909 (aged 60)
Bushwick, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot Section 1W, Range 6, Plot H, Grave 22
Memorial ID 111921220 View Source
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Born to Irish immigrants in East Cambridge, Masschusetts, he and his family moved to Brooklyn when Patrick was still a child. He attended Public School 17 in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. Then he became a cooper and later an oil inspector. He married Katie Hogan, a school teacher, and they had five children who all died in infancy.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Kings County, 6th District) in 1882 and 1883. When his wife died he decided not to return to Albany, rather he studied law, and was admitted to the bar, but did not practice.

He ran for New York State Senate in 1888 winning and representing the 4th District, sitting in the 113th through 116th legislative sessions.

He was again a member of the State Senate (7th District) from 1896 until his death in 1909, sitting in the 119th through 132nd Legislatures.

In 1892 and 1904 he was a Delegate to the Democratic National Conventions.

When he oppossed Tammany Hall's support of William Randolph Hearts bid for Governor in 1906 he broke away from the powerful political machine. It was reported in the press that he would make the run for Governor himself in the 1908 election, but that never came to pass.

He was a long time resident of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn and was an adament proponent of their growth. He introduced a bill in the New York State Senate for the construction of the East River Bridge, knowing it would boost the area's growth and prosperity ewpecially for the many factories that existed there. The bill passed and the bridge was built and renamed the Williamsburgh Bridge.

He died while in office. Upon his death, Greenpoint Park was renamed McCarren Park. It remains today and hosts one of the popular public swimming pools in the entire city.