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George Richard Lunn (June 23, 1873 near Lenoxmarker, Taylor County, IowamarkerNovember 27, 1948 Schenectady, New Yorkmarker) was an American clergyman and politician from New Yorkmarker. He was the first Socialist mayor in the State of New York, and was a U.S. Representative from 1917 to 1919.


He fought in the Spanish-American War in 1898, and was Commander-in-Chief of the United Spanish War Veterans in 1931-32.

He was Mayor of Schenectady, New Yorkmarker from 1912 to 1913 and from 1916 to 1917, elected on the Socialist ticket, and from 1920 to 1922, elected as a Democrat.

Lunn was elected as a Democrat to the 65th United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1917, to March 3, 1919.

In 1920, he was defeated by Harry C. Walker in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senator from New York.

He was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1923 to 1924, elected on the Democratic ticket with Governor Al Smith in 1922, but defeated for re-election in 1924.

Lunn owned the land upon which Lath maintained his famous ice house in the leading collateral agreement case, Mitchell v. Lath (Ct. of App. of N.Y, 247 N.Y. 377). The facts of the case are mentioned in the official comments to the Principles of European Contract Law.

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Further reading

  • Hendrickson Jr., Kenneth E. Tribune of the People: George R. Lunn and the Rise and Fall of Christian Socialism in Schenectady, in Socialism and the Cities, Bruce M. Stave, ed. Port Washington: Kennikat Press. 1975.
  • Hendrickson Jr., Kenneth E. George R. Lunn and the Socialist Era in Schenectady, New York, 1909-1916. New York History. January, 1966.

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