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Thomas J. Manton (November 3, 1932 – July 22, 2006) was a Democratic congressman. He represented the 9th and 7th Congressional District of New York.

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1 Life and career 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Life and career[edit] Thomas J. Manton was born in New York City
New York City
and of Irish descent. He attended private Catholic schools, before entering St. John's University, from which he earned his LL.B.
LL.B.
degree. Manton served in the United States Marine Corps
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. He was elected to the New York City
New York City
Council in 1970, and served until 1984. Manton ran in the Democratic primary for what was then the 9th District in northern Queens
Queens
in 1978, following the retirement of 30-year incumbent James J. Delaney. However, he lost to assistant Queens
Queens
County district attorney Geraldine Ferraro. When Ferarro gave up her seat to join Walter Mondale's presidential ticket, Manton jumped into the Democratic primary for the seat. In a hotly contested primary, he defeated Clifford Wilson, Walter Crowley and Gloria D'Amico before narrowly defeating Republican Serphin Maltese in the General Election. He was reelected six more times from this district without serious difficulty. 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 quietly retired from the Congress in 1998, having already filed for and circulated petitions for re-election. He withdrew on the last day it was legally possible to do so and arranged for his chosen successor, State Assemblyman Joseph Crowley, to replace him on the ballot. Crowley wasn't aware of this until Manton phoned him to tell him his name would be on the general election ballot. Crowley won the election and still holds the seat.[1] Manton continued to serve as the Party Chairman to the date of his death (Crowley now holds that post as well). 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.[citation needed]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. His last vote in the House was to vote against the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He lived in the Queens
Queens
neighborhoods of Woodside, later moving to Sunnyside, and finally to Astoria. Thomas Manton died on July 22, 2006, following a battle with prostate cancer. The Thomas J. Manton Post Office in Woodside, New York was named in his honor after his death. Also a 20 block stretch of Queens
Queens
Boulevard in Queens, New York City
New York City
was renamed Thomas J. Manton Boulevard.[2] See also[edit]

Biography portal United States Marine Corps
United States Marine Corps
portal

References[edit]

"Thomas Manton, former congressman from New York, dies", Newsday, July 23, 2006 " Thomas J. Manton Dies; Ex-Congressman Was 73", by Sewell Chan, July 23, 2006, New York Times Congressional Biographical Directory

^ "Many Foes May Struggle To Replace Rangel". The New York Sun. August 4, 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2014.  ^ http://www.qgazette.com/news/2009-04-29/features/002.html

External links[edit]

United States Congress. " Thomas J. Manton (id: M000117)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.  Appearances on C-SPAN

Political offices

Preceded by Robert Berman New York City
New York City
Council, 12th District 1970–1973 Succeeded by Michael DeMarco

Preceded by William C. Thompson Sr. New York City
New York City
Council, 21st District 1974–1985 Succeeded by Walter McCaffrey

U.S. House of Representatives

Preceded by Geraldine Ferraro Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 9th congressional district 1985–1993 Succeeded by Charles E. Schumer

Preceded by Gary L. Ackerman Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 7th congressional district 1993–1999 Succeeded by Joseph Crowley

Party political offices

Preceded by John Sabini Chairman of the Queens
Queens
County Democratic Organization 1986–2006 Succeeded by Joseph Crowley

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 68007237 LCCN: n88027685 US

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