Friday, October 24, 2014

NYSHM #7 - Mark Schroeder on the Impeachment of Gov. Sulzer - 11/19

Achievement and Betrayal at the NYS Capitol in 1913

New York State History Month was established by an act of the Legislature in 1997. But for many years, people have been lamenting the lack of programming to mark History Month, including New York State Historian Robert Weible who asked in a blog post, “Is New York State History Month Dead?” With a tip of the hat to Mark Twain, we’d like to say that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. 

On Wednesday, November 19, the University Club will welcome former Assemblyman Mark J. F. Schroeder to discuss the New York’s 39th Governor, William Sulzer – the only Governor of the Empire State to be impeached. Schroeder served as a member of the New York State Assembly from 2004 until he was elected Comptroller of the City of Buffalo in November 2011. The event will be held at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.

William Sulzer (1863–1941) served in the State Assembly and for eight terms in the United States House of Representatives. Sulzer was elected governor in November of 1912 with the support of Tammany Hall, but Sulzer soon angered Tammany’s leader, Charles F. Murphy, by supporting primary elections. Sulzer was convicted by a special court and removed from office on October 17, 1913. As a result, the lieutenant governor, Martin H. Glynn of Albany, became governor. 

The luncheon is one of a series of 10 events comprising a Celebration of New York State History Month in November, 2014. Presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, the events will be open to the public. The month-long celebration will include luncheons, evening lectures – even a digital photo scavenger hunt – featuring experts in a variety of disciplines discussing the history of New York State and the Albany area. 

THIS JUST IN - A well-known Albany collector of political memorabilia will share Sulzer-related materials from his collection including framed posters. 

New York State History Month at the University Club is sponsored by AT&T, which has long supported the Foundation’s educational programming. Media sponsor is the Times Union. Additional support for this event is provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation; the New York State Academy of Family Physicians; TD Bank; and Capital Wine & Spirits.

The cost for the luncheon is $25 and reservations are required. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the November 19 luncheon are required by Monday, November 17 and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to; or online at .

Copies of the book The Impeachment of Governor Sulzer: A Story of American Politics by the late Matt Lifflander will be available courtesy of SUNY Press.

Guests are encouraged to share the warmth of the season with our neighbors in need by making a contribution to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The University Club will have a large collection box on display in the lobby, and will accept donations of non-perishable food items and checks made payable to “Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York” throughout the month of November. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food. 

New York State History Month programs at the U Club are:
New York State History Month programming is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

For more information about the University Club’s celebration of New York State History Month, including program updates, please visit .

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