Michael Joseph Dady

Michael Joseph Dady

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 2 Jun 1921 (aged 71)
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 34757 Lot 188
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Advance Bio-Bulletin of People of People Prominent in the Progressive Events of the Age

Issued by The Co-Operative Press, Mail and Express Building, New York

Complete to October 6, 1909

A Brooklyn Contractor Who Has Completed Many Great Undertakings

Michael J. Dady, widely known throughout the United States as a contractor for big undertakings, is a typical successful American. He started life as an office boy in a newspaper in Brooklyn on a very small salary for a good-sized, husky boy and his natural business instinct soon gave him a look into the future, which made him decided to find something else to do for a living. Hard work appealed to him then as the right road to future betterment, and he selected the active business of masonry out of which to carve his career. Mr. Dady has made few serious business mistakes in his life, and his boyhood decision as to his own best interest was not far out of the way. It was a meaning to an end, for Mr. Dady's mind has ever worked on a large scale. Even as an apprentice, it is evident that he saw possibilities, and his ambition pictured a future much more alluring than mere working at the trade he had selected. His natural equipment for leading soon demonstrated itself, and within a few years he was not only prominent in business affairs, but he has stepped into the front in politics.

Mr. Dady's political life is an interesting chapter in the political history of Brooklyn. Of late years he has played the part of an interested onlooker, rather than that of active participation in the management of party affairs, but the day is far distant when his advice will be utterly disregarded by those at the helm. His interest in political affairs has not diminished, for he attends the big conventions and works hard for the candidates of his personal choice. This was evidenced by his activity in behalf of Governor Hughes at the Saratoga convention in 1908.

Mr. Dady was born in the old Fifth Ward of Brooklyn, April 24, 1850 and attended Public Schools Nos. 7 and 14 until he took a position as office boy in the office of the Brooklyn Standard, a newspaper which later consolidated with the Brooklyn Union, and is now published as the Standard Union. After a short time he worked in the office of William C. Kingsley, a contractor. While there he saw the usefulness of a trade and apprenticed himself to become a mason. In 1870 he was employed as a mechanic on the New York Post Office, which was then in course of construction. Five years later he became the Assistant Superintendent of all the Federal buildings then in course of construction in Brooklyn. His work there completed, he decided to go into business for himself, and formed a partnership with Charles Hart, doing a general contracting business, which was conducted successfully for five years, when Mr. Dady became a member of the firm, John Cox & Company, contractors. A few years after he again ventured into the contracting business and formed a partnership with John H. O'Rourke, which continued until 1893. Then the Michael J. Dady Contracting Company was formed and Mr. Dady became sole owner. With this company Mr. Dady carried out many of the largest contracting undertakings in the country, much of his work being for municipal and national government construction. He constructed one of the buildings of the Art Museum in New York City, and at the present time holds large government contracts for government work here and in Cuba. Mr. Dady ventured onto Cuba a number of years ago, and got the contract to build sewers in the City of Havana for the Spanish Government for $14,000,000.

The war with Spain upset this contract but the Government of Intervention, in setting it aside, gave Mr. Dady $250,000 for all his rights, title and interest in the contract.

Mr. Dady served several terms as Superintendent of Sewers in Brooklyn, was the Inspector on the new Municipal building of Brooklyn, and served twice as a member of the Election Commission. He was Chairman of the Executive Committee for five terms and Chairman of the Kings County Republican Campaign Committee for five terms. He has been a delegate to three Republican National Conventions, was Presidential Elector for William McKinley; is at the present time and has been for twenty years a member of the Republican State Committee.

Mr. Dady is a member of the Union League, Brooklyn, Montauk, Hanover, Invincible and the Assembly District Clubs of Brooklyn, the Republican Club of New York and a life member of the Elks.

Mr. Dady married a Miss [Sarah] Goff, of New York City. They have two sons, Chester Arthur Dady and Harold Blaine Dady.
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Note: Much of the work that Michael J. Dady accomplished in Cuba was in partnership with civil engineer Austin Thomas Byrne.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michael Joseph Dady (24 Apr 1850–2 Jun 1921), Find a Grave Memorial no. 51262952, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Sue Hawes (contributor 47271025) .