Thomas Sturgis

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Thomas Sturgis
2nd Fire Commissioner of the City of New York
In office
Appointed by Seth Low
Preceded by John J. Scannell
Succeeded by Nicholas J. Hayes
Personal details
Born(1846-04-06)April 6, 1846
Manhattan, New York
DiedFebruary 25, 1914(1914-02-25) (aged 67)
Eastbourne, England
Political partyRepublican

Thomas Sturgis (1846 - February 25, 1914) was appointed the second New York City Fire Commissioner by Mayor Seth Low on January 1, 1902 and served in that position until the end of the Low Administration on December 31, 1903. Prior to this he served as a fire commissioner under William Lafayette Strong, replacing Austin E. Ford. [1]

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  1. "To Succeed Austin E. Ford. Thomas Sturgis Made a Fire Commissioner by the Mayor". New York Times . September 27, 1896. Retrieved 2008-10-05. Mayor Strong yesterday announced the appointment of Thomas Sturgis as a Commissioner of the Fire Department, in place of Austin E. Ford, who died Sept. 17. Mr. Sturgis, accompanied by his wife, went to the Mayor's office at 11 o'clock. After the usual preliminaries Mr. Sturgis took the oath of office and received his commission.
  2. "Thomas Sturgis" (PDF). New York Times . February 27, 1914.
Fire appointments
Preceded by
John J. Scannell
FDNY Commissioner
Succeeded by
Nicholas J. Hayes