William RYAN, Congress, NY (1840-1925)


RYAN, William, a Representative from New York; born in Tipperary, Ireland, March 8, 1840; immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Stanwich, Conn., in 1844; attended the district schools; in the spring of 1859 went to the Rocky Mountains and engaged in prospecting, mining, and also in campaigns against the Indians until 1861, when he returned East and settled in Port Chester, Westchester County, N.Y.; engaged in agricultural pursuits and teaching and later in mercantile pursuits; supervisor of the town of Rye 1883-1885; member of the State assembly in 1891 and 1892; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; resumed business as a merchant in Port Chester, N.Y.; president of the Port Chester Savings Bank and president of the village of Port Chester in 1912; died in Crescent City, Fla., February 18, 1925; interment in St. Maryâs Cemetery, Greenwich, Conn.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present