William Sulzer ( born March 18, 1863 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, † November 6, 1941 in New York City ) was an American politician and in 1913 Governor of the State of New York. Between 1895 and 1912 he represented his state in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Early years and political rise
William Sulzer attended the public schools of his home and then the Columbia College. After a subsequent law degree in 1884 and its recent approval as a lawyer in New York, he began to work in his new profession. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. From 1889 to 1894 he was a deputy in the New York State Assembly. In 1893 he was also President of the house. Between 1892 and 1912, Sulzer attended as a delegate the respective Democratic National Conventions and between 4 March 1895, 31 December 1912, he served as a deputy in the Congress. There he was at times Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Governor time and impeachment
On November 5, 1912 William Sulzer was elected as the new governor of his state. A position he took up on 1 January 1913. As Governor, he tried the effect of Tammany Hall Society, one of his party affiliated organization to push back on politics. As a result, there was a power struggle between the governor and this organization, which accused him of embezzlement of campaign funds. This culminated in an impeachment trial, which ended with the dismissal of Sulzer. Meanwhile, Vice Governor Martin H. Glynn has been entrusted with the exercise of official duties. On October 17, 1913 Sulzer was officially relieved of his duties.
In the same year, Sulzer was elected as an independent candidate back in the State Parliament. In 1914 he applied for the short-lived American Party, which was not in connection with the existing pre-Civil War American Party, unsuccessfully for a return to the office of governor. In 1916 he declined the nomination for the presidential candidates of that party. A candidacy would in any case have been futile in the United States given the dominance of the two major parties. Then Sulzer again worked as a lawyer. He died in November 1941. William Sulzer was married to Clara Rodelheim.