William V. Brady

William V. Brady
68th Mayor of New York City
In office
Preceded by Andrew H. Mickle
Succeeded by William F. Havemeyer
Personal details
Born (1811-07-24)July 24, 1811
New York City, New York
Died March 31, 1870(1870-03-31) (aged 58)
New York City, New York

William Vermilye Brady (July 24, 1811 March 31, 1870) was the 68th Mayor of New York City from 1847 to 1848.[1]


William V. Brady was born in New York City on July 24, 1811. Before becoming active in politics he was a silversmith and jeweler.

A fiscally conservative Whig, Brady entered politics as an opponent of the Tammany Hall Democratic organization. From 1842 to 1847 he served as Assistant Alderman and then Alderman.

In 1847 he was a successful candidate for Mayor, capitalizing on a rift in Tammany and the third party candidacy of an anti-immigration nominee to score a narrow victory, and serving until 1849.

A supporter of Zachary Taylor's winning campaign for President in 1848.

Brady was rewarded in 1849 with appointment as Postmaster of New York City serving until 1853.

After Franklin Pierce became President in 1853, Brady was replaced as Postmaster and went into the insurance business as a founder of the Continental Insurance Company in 1853, serving until 1857 as its first president. He was also a board of directors member for the Mutual Life Insurance Company. He was also a founder of the Widows and Orphans Benefit Life Insurance Company, of which he was president.

Brady died in New York City on March 31, 1870. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.[2]


Brady Avenue in the Bronx was named after him.


  1. Ralph J. Caliendo, New York City Mayors, Volume 1, 2010, page 276
  2. William V. Brady at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
Andrew H. Mickle
Mayor of New York City
Succeeded by
William Frederick Havemeyer

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