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Thomas J. Manton (November 3, 1932 – July 22, 2006) was a Democratic congressman. He represented the 7th Congressional District of New Yorkmarker.

Manton was born in New York Citymarker. He attended private Catholic schools, before entering St. John's Universitymarker, from which he earned his LL.B.. Manton served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Prior to entering politics, Manton held several jobs. He was a New York City Police Officer from 1955 to 1960, and he then became a marketing executive for IBM. In 1964, Manton began to practice law privately. He joined the law firm of Manton, Sweeney, Gallo, Reich & Bolz in 1999; and practiced law under that name until his retirement.

Manton served in the United States House of Representatives representing parts of the boroughs of Queensmarker and Bronxmarker from 1985 to 1999. He was elected to the seat opened by Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro in a hotly contested Primary and General Election in 1984. He defeated Clifford Wilson, Walter Crowley and Gloria D'Amico in the party primary; and went on to defeat Serphin Maltese in the General Election.

Manton was elected Chairman of the Democratic Organization of Queens County in 1986, succeeding John Sabini who had served as the interim Chairman following the suicide of Donald Manes.

Manton retired from the Congress in 1998. He was succeeded by Joseph Crowley, his chosen candidate for the position. He continued to serve as the Party Chairman to the date of his death.

Tom Manton was the first major party chairman in the nation to endorse Bill Clinton for President in 1992. As the Co-chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs in the United States Congress he was instrumental in obtaining a visa for Gerry Adams to travel to the United States to begin the peace process for Ireland. Manton was present when President Bill Clinton signed the Irish Peace Accords in Ireland. This agreement was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of Mr. Manton. As a member of Congress Mr. Manton served as a member of the House Energy Committee and was a subcommittee chairman of the House Government Operations Committee that supervised the Capitol Police.

He entered the Congress as the successor to Geraldine Ferraro who was the first woman nominated for the Vice President of the United States of America by a major political party. His last vote in the House was to vote against the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

He lived in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodsidemarker, later moving to Sunnyside, and finally to Astoriamarker.


Thomas Manton died on July 22, 2006, following a battle with prostate cancer.

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