Mark Matthew Fagan, Sr

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Mark Matthew Fagan, Sr

  • Birth 29 Sep 1869 Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 16 Jul 1955 Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
  • Plot Block A - Plot 288
  • Memorial ID 9151618

22nd Jersey City Mayor. A native of Jersey City, he had little formal education, and as a youth, he worked for his uncle as an undertaker. A Republican, he entered politics while still in his twenties becoming a county freeholder though he was not re-elected. A few years later in 1901, Republican Party boss, Colonel Samuel D. Dickinson, asked him to run for mayor, which Fagan did and won. At age 32, he was the youngest mayor ever elected in Jersey City. Re-elected for three consecutive two-year terms, after feuding with his own party, he was defeated for re-election in 1907 by H. Otto Wittpenn and again in 1909. In 1913, Jersey City went to a city commission form of government, and Fagan was elected commissioner. He was then chosen by his colleagues to be mayor once more. As mayor, he was famous for building schools. In 1917, he stepped down as mayor, retired from politics and continued his career as an undertaker. Legendary political boss Frank Hague succeeded him as mayor. It would be 75 years before another Republican would be elected mayor of Jersey City.

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  • Created by: Frank McGady
  • Added: 21 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9151618
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mark Matthew Fagan, Sr (29 Sep 1869–16 Jul 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9151618, citing Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Frank McGady (contributor 15991677) .