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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LIFE AND CAREER
Thomas J. Manton was born in
New York City
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
Manton ran in the Democratic primary for what was then the 9th
District in northern
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. 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.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
Thomas Manton died on July 22, 2006, following a battle with prostate cancer .
Thomas J. Manton Post Office in Woodside, New York was named in
his honor after his death. Also a 20 block stretch of
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