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Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wescott went north recently to prepare the camp for the reception of these bloodthirsty descendants of Robin Hood. They will provide the provender for the hungry hunters and will endeavor to make them comfortable. Frank Steves will be the official guide.

Governor showed the door

William Sulzer, a Democrat who was Gov. of New York State in 1913, made powerful enemies from the beginning of his term, and they worked hard to remove him from his office. As a result of a quarrel with the Tammany Hall democratic political boss Charles F. Murphy, charges against him were ambiguous and referred mostly to conduct prior to his election as governor.

Sulzer declared they were seeking to impeach him not because of the offenses charged but because he disobeyed Murphy’s orders. He was quoted as saying, “Murphy said to me, ‘Unless you do what I want you to do, I will wreck your administration as governor and block all your legislation.’ He also threatened me with disgrace.” Sulzer said he was also offered large sums of money to comply.

Sulzer was investigated by the Frawley investigating committee and the state senate later convicted him Aug. 13, 1913 after a considerable battle. He was removed from office Oct. 18, 1913 in an action that has been described as a political lynching and regarded as a misuse of the impeachment process for partisan purposes. His was the first impeachment of a governor in state history. One of the charges against him was his allowing his wife to freely spend the state’s money to lavishly redecorate the governor’s mansion. After his removal from office he went back to his law practice and died Nov. 6, 1941 in New York City.

He is a forgotten man and very little mention of him can today be found in history books. After Sulzer’s removal, his Lieutenant Governor, Martin H. Glynn took over his job and was successful in restoring harmony in Albany politics. (Note - More details can be found about this interesting story in this column in the Aug. 31, 2013 Adirondack Journal.)

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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