William E. Cleary
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1927
Preceded byCharles G. Bond
Succeeded byPatrick J. Carley
In office
March 5, 1918 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byDaniel J. Griffin
Succeeded byCharles G. Bond
Personal details
Born(1849-07-20)July 20, 1849
Ellenville, New York
DiedDecember 20, 1932(1932-12-20) (aged 83)
Brooklyn, New York
Political partyDemocratic

William Edward Cleary (July 20, 1849 – December 20, 1932) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Born in Ellenville, New York, Cleary attended the public schools and the Ellenville Academy. He moved to Brooklyn in 1879 and engaged in water transportation. He served as vice president of the New York Board of Trade and Transportation. He was a founder, and served as president, of the Victory Memorial Hospital.

Cleary was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Daniel J. Griffin. He was reelected to the Sixty-sixth Congress and served from March 5, 1918, to March 3, 1921. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress.

Cleary was elected to the Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1927). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1926. He resumed his former business interests. He died in Brooklyn, New York, December 20, 1932. He was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery.


U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byDaniel J. Griffin Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 8th congressional district1918 - 1921 Succeeded byCharles G. Bond Preceded byCharles G. Bond Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 8th congressional district1923 - 1927 Succeeded byPatrick J. Carley

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