Patrick J Tracy (1867-1921) of New York, Union Organiser, Supervisor of the City Record & Tammany Hall  politician



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19 January 1904 The World (NY)


The New Supervisor Of The City Record Member Of "Big 6" Gets Nice Berth

Patrick J Tracy Is This Afternoon Appointed Supervisor of the City Record at a Salary of $5000 a Year

Patrick J Tracy one of the best known members of Typographical Union No. 6 was today appointed Supervisor of the City Record by Mayor McClellan The position pays $5000 a year.

Mr Tracy has been a hard worker In Leader Murphys district and when the now administration expressed a willingness to give the City Record berth to a member of "Big Six" the union was unanimous In selecting Air Tracy for the place.

After serving his time as a printers apprentice Tracy became an active printe and took much Interest in the affairs of his union Besides being the representative of No. 6 one of the strongest locals in the country, in several national meetings he has been the unions delegate to the Central Federated Union.

Of late he has been a linotype operator in the office of the Law Journal where he was exceptionally popular.

At the meeting of the Board of City Record today the appointment of Mr Tracy was approved. He succeeds Charles S Hervey. Comptroller Grout was opposed to the removal of Mr Hervey who had been transferred from the Finance Department to take command of the affairs of the City Record following the removal of former Supervisor Cowan. Mr Herrey will return to his position as Chief Examiner of the Department of Finance.


11 February 1904 Broadway Weekly (NY)

The City's New Supervisor.

IF there is one city official who should be master of the technique of his department it is the Supervisor of the City Record, who has charge of the printing of every legal notice provided for by law, attends to their publication, and orders the supplies for all departments for stationery and office requisites. Very few, outside of the legal fraternity and those whose business demands it, know that the city of New York publishes a daily newspaper; but it does. It is officially known as The City Record, and its size varies from seventy-two to hundreds of pages.

Annually, this publication costs the municipality at least $200,000, so that the Supervisor must be a man of ability and practical experience. The McClellan administration has just appointed Patrick Treacey to the position which commands a salary of $5,000 a year. The nomination is a very popular one, and was not only awarded to Mr. Treacey because of his ability and standing in the Democratic party, but as a compliment to Typographical Union No. 6. The leaders in the latter body felt that a practical printer should be selected, and have a natural pride in seeing the work well performed.

Mr. Treacey stands very high with his comrades of the Union, and up to his appointment had been employed on the Law Journal. 


1905 Typographical Journal

For some months the newspaper men in the Bronx have had under consideration the formation of a Bronx Press Club. Recently the movement assumed permanent shape, when twenty prominent newspaper workers met in the Hotel Bronxland, Willis avenue, and perfected a permanent organization. The following officers have been elected: President, Patrick J. Tracy...


January 22, 1909 New-York tribune

Friends of Ireland Elect...vice-presidents...Patrick J. Tracy...


October 9, 1909 The New York Times

City Record Supervisor thinks he can get along with $1,455,720 Next Year

A departmental head who was willing to accept a $400,00 reduction in his appropriation was the surprise that awaited the Board of estimate as it gathered yesterday morning for another hearing on the budget. The man thus ready to circumscribe himself for the good of the city was Patrick J. Tracy, Supervisor of the City Record.

He declared that he could make both ends meet on $1,455,720 instead of the $1.895.650 which was authorised to spend during the current year. At the same time he pointed out that his economy had been calculated on the assumption that the board would grant him the $275,00 of special revenue bonds for which he had applied. With some pride he added:

"I call attention to the fact that this bureau is conducted with the smallest expenditure for office force of any bureau in the city in proportion to its size."


August 24, 1921 The evening world (NY)

Patrick J. Tracy Dead; Close Friend of Murphy.

Was Chief Clerk of Bronx Prosecutors Office Since 1914.

Patrick J. Tracy, Chief Clerk of the Bronx District Attorney's office since 1914, died to-day In his home, No. 1195 Boston Road, at the age of fifty-four years. Mr. Tracy had been prominent In Tammany Hall as one of Charles F. Murphy's close friends since boyhood. He grew tip In Mr. Murphy's district. Mr. Tracy was Supervisor of the City Record through several Tammany administrations, giving way to David Fergusson during Mayor Gaynor'a term in June 1910. He was appointed to the Industrial Department of Sing Sing Prison and as result of the row between Mr. Sulse and Mr. Murphy was removed. He was then appointed to the position in the Bronx. He was active in Democratic polities, being a member of the Jackson Democratic Club and other organizations.


August 25, 1921 The Evening Telegram (NY)

Patrick J. Tracy.

Patrick J. Tracy, chief clerk of the Bronx County District Attorney's office.

Is dead at his home, No. 1,196 Boston read, the Bronx, after a long illness. He had held the office since its establishment in 1914. A member of Tammany Hall, long known as a close friend of Charles F. Murphy, ha held many offices, beginning with purchasing agent at Sing sing Prison.

He was a practical printer, and with the backing of Typographical Union No. C b e was appointed Supervisor of the City Record by Mayor McCIellan in January. 1904. Ha held that position until June, 1914, when his resignation was practically forced by Mayor Gaynor. who appointed David Ferguson, of The World staff, to succeed him. He was prominent in Democratic politics and a member of the Jackson Democratic Club and many other organizations. He is survived by his widow.






Family Records


Patrick W Tracy & Bridget Connors

John Tracey b. 18 Jul 1869 Manhattan, New York, New York, USA

Patrick Tracy, 38, b. Ireland & Bridget O Connor, 38, b. Ireland

Edward Tracy b. 15 Oct 1877 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States


1870 Census - 18th Ward NYC

Patrick Tracy               M         30        Ireland, Express man

Bridget Tracy F          30        Ireland

Mary Tracy                  F          7          New York

Thomas Tracy M         5          New York

Patrick Tracy               M         3          New York

Kate Tracy                  F          2          New York

John Tracy                   M         1          New York


1880 Census - New York, New York

Patrick Tracy               Self                  M         40        Ireland, Express Man

Bridget Tracy Wife                F          40        Ireland

Mary Tracy                  Daughter         F          17        New York, United States, Lace Worker

Thomas Tracy Son                  M         15        New York, United States, Works At Soda Water

Patrick Tracy               Son                  M         13        New York, United States

John Tracy                   Son                  M         11        New York, United States

Kate Tracy                  Daughter         F          12        New York, United States

Jennie Tracy                Daughter         F          9          New York, United States

Joseph Tracy               Son                  M         5          New York, United States

William Tracy Son                  M         1          New York, United States


Patrick Tracy & Bridgett Oconnor

FEMALE Tracy b. 15 Aug 1881 Manhattan, New York


1900 Census - East 143 St, Borough of the Bronx, Election District 31, 34 New York City Ward 34,

Paterick Tracy             Head   M         32        b. Oct 1877 [1867] New York, parents born Ireland, printer

Maggie Tracy Wife    F          24        b. July 1876 New York, parents born Ireland, married 4 years


1910 Census - Boston Road, Bronx Assembly District 34, New York

Patrick J Tracy            Head   M         43        New York, parents born Ireland, supervisor city paper

Margaret G Tracy        Wife    F          30        New York, married 13 years no children, parents born Ireland


1920 Census - Boston Road, Bronx Assembly District 4, New York

Patrick J Tracy            Head   M         51        New York, parents born Ireland, Clerk Attorneys office

Maraget G Tracy         Wife    F          39        New York, parents born Ireland


Thomas Tracy, 51, b. 1866 New York (s. of Patrick & Bridget Corna both born Ireland) d. 1 Sep 1917 1053 = 3 Ave Manhattan, New York, married, Acqueduct Police

Buried 4 Sep [1917] Calvary


William Tracy, 70, b. 1850 [1880?] US (s. of Patrick Tracy & Bridget Connor both born Ireland) d. 24 Sep 1920 338 E. 23 St. Manhattan New York, single, waiter

Burial: 27 Sep 1920 Calvary Cem.


Patrick J. Tracy, 53, b. 3 Oct 1867 NY (s. of of Patrick Tracy & Bridget Conners both born Ireland) d. 23 Aug 1921 Bronx New York, Chief Clerk,

Buried 26 Aug 1921 Gate Heaven Mt. Pleasant Westchester

Spouse's Name            Margaret G. Tracy


Catherine Donnelly, 57, b. 1868 US (d. of Patrick Tracy & Bridget Connor both born Ireland) d. 25 Apr 1925 1337 Clinton Ave Bronx, New York, New York, United States

Burial: 28 Apr 1925 St. Raymonds Cemetery

Spouse's Name            James T. Donnelly


Jane C. Brett, 61, b. 16 Oct 1871 US (d. of Patrick Tracy & Bridget Connor both born Ireland)  d. 16 Apr 1933 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States

Burial: 19 Apr 1933  Gate of Heaven Cemetery

Spouse's Name            Thomas Brett




Last update: 16 January 2018