M. William Bray

M. William Bray, better known as Bill Bray ( born September 25, 1889 in Churubusco, Clinton County, New York, † January 17, 1961 ) was an American lawyer and politician.


M. William Bray graduated from Union College in 1911 and 1914 at the Albany Law School. After his admission to the bar he began in Utica (New York) to practice. Bray also pursued a political career. He had presided over the 1924 Oneida County Democratic Committee and 1928-1930 on the New York State Democratic Committee. He also participated in the years 1928, 1932, 1940 and 1948, the Democratic National Convention as a delegate.

A group of prominent politicians, consisting of the Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, the former Governor Alfred E. Smith and the Party Chairman James A. Farley, forced, despite the reluctance on the part of Tammany Hall and its ally, 1932, the nomination of Herbert H. Lehman for the Office of the Governor of New York. As a peace offering Farley said the Tammany to the election of the Vice- Governor, so that Bray was nominated. In the subsequent gubernatorial election of 1932 both get each one win and were then twice more in 1934 and 1936, re-elected together. Bray was then replaced in 1938 by Charles Poletti.

Even before Governor Lehman in 1942 resigned from his office, he called Bray in the New York Public Service Commission. Later, Bray was as an expert witness in cases of insolvency act and 1950 President of the State Bar of New York.


M. William Bray was the son of John and Hannah Bray Bray.