Charles Lacy Craig
Craig in 1914
New York City Comptroller
In office
Personal details
BornMarch 9, 1872
Arcola, Illinois
Alma materColumbia University Law School

Charles Lacy Craig (March 9, 1872 - August 7, 1935) was the New York City Comptroller.[1]


He was born March 9, 1872 in Arcola, Illinois.[1] He graduated from Washington University.[1] He attended and graduated from Columbia University Law School.[1]

In 1921 he was convicted for contempt of court and received a 60-day jail sentence for criticizing federal judge Julius Mayer and that conviction was upheld by the New York Supreme Court in 1923, but remitted by President Coolidge that year.[2]

He died on August 7, 1935 at the Hotel Senator in California.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Charles L. Craig Dies in California. Former City Controller, 63, Is Stricken While Making a Motor Tour With Wife". The New York Times. August 7, 1935. Retrieved 2011-02-01. Charles L. Craig, New York attorney and former Controller of the City of New York, died unexpectedly of heart disease in the Hotel Senator here today. ...
  2. ^ "Remission". Time magazine. December 10, 1923. Archived from the original on December 22, 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-01. Comptroller Charles L. Craig of New York City whose conviction for contempt of court was upheld by the Supreme Court escaped from serving his sentence of 60 days in prison. In New York politics his conviction for having criticized a judge conducting a hearing on a local traction company, was an emblem of martyrdom. The case was taken to President Coolidge, Republicans urging executive pardon to prevent Mr. Craig (a Democrat) from posing further as a martyr.
Political offices Preceded byWilliam A. Prendergast New York City Comptroller1918–1925 Succeeded byCharles W. Berry