Officials: Personnel of the City Government 1875 Part III

Assistant District Attorney

Jesse Johnson, First Assistant Corporation Counsel, is a native of New Hampshire and 33 years of age. He graduated from Dartmouth College, (class of 1863) afterward studied law at the Albany Law School and was admitted to the bar in the Spring of 1864. He immediately commenced practice in the City of New York, removed to Brooklyn in 1866, and has since lived here. He was appointed to his present position in 1869, when Mr. DeWitt was elected Corporation Counsel. Mr. Johnson is an energetic, hardworking official. He has also an extensive private practice. He is married and has a family.

The salary of First Assistant Corporation Counsel is $5,000 per year.

Mr. John H. Knaebel, Second Assistant Corporation Counsel, was born on Long Island, and is 35 years of age. He studied law with ex-Judge George Thompson, and was admitted to the bar in 1862. He is a lawyer of ability and a gentleman of refined and cultivated tastes. He resides in Brooklyn during the Winter months, and during the balance of the year at his elegant country home at Manhasset, Long Island. He is married and has a family.

Collector of Taxes and Assessments.

The office of Collector of Taxes is one that has always been very much sought. It involves an immense amount of clerical patronage. The duties of the office are very responsible, but, as in many other offices, the Deputy generally runs the machine. Both the Collector and Deputy are under heavy bonds. it is the duty of the head of the Department to collect and receive all moneys due under any warrant delivered to him for taxes and assessments, which moneys he pays to the City Treasurer on the same day that he receives them. He renders an account thereof in detail, to the Controller, who compares the amount received with the respective it4ems on the tax and assessment lists in his office, and notes all payments on the margin opposite such items with the date of such payment. The amounts included in all warrants for taxes and assessments delivered to the Collector, together with all default and interest, are credited by him on the books of his office, to the city; and the amounts paid by him to the Treasurer, on account thereof, with all rebates, reductions, and cancellations are charged by him to the city, together with all items of uncollected taxes and assessments transmitted by him to the Registrar of Arrears.

Wm. A. Furey

Wm. A. Furey, the newly appointed Collector of Taxes, was born in the Fifth Ward of this city, and has always lived there. He is 40 years of age, and a strong Democrat. He is a house carpenter by trade and worked as such for about fifteen years. In 1860 he was appointed outside collector by Edmund Driggs, who was then Collector of Taxes, and remained in that position until 1864, when he was elected Supervisor of the Fifth Ward. He was a member of the Board of Supervisors two years, and in 1868 was appointed a member of the Board of Assessors for a term of nine years. Week before last he was appointed Collector, and Chas. Kiehl, of the Sixteenth Ward, was appointed Assessor in his place. Mr. Furey has been a member of the Board of Education for several years. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Widows' and Orphans' Fund of the Old Volunteer Fire Department, with which he was connected for seventeen years, at one time being assistant foreman of No. 7 Engine. He brings to the office of Collector the advantages of official experience, and the confidence of his party and thousands of friends. He is a married man and has a family. The term of office of Collector of Taxes is two years; the salary, $7,000 per annum.

City Treasurer

The office of City Treasurer is now filled by Mr. Andrew Cunningham, who was appointed to serve out the unexpired term of Cortlandt A. Sprague, and reappointed in January last. It is the duty of the Treasurer to receive and deposit daily all moneys belonging to the city, in such banks and trust companies to the credit of the city, upon such terms and in such amounts as the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund may direct, or as he, in default thereof, may determine. No moneys can be drawn from the treasury except in pursuance of an appropriation by the Common Council, or under the provisions of existing laws and upon warrants issued by the Mayor or acting Mayor, and by the Controller or his deputy, and countersigned by the City Clerk or his assistant.

Andrew Cunningham

Andrew Cunningham was born in Albany sixty years ago. He came to New York when young and lived there for a number of years. He was a carpenter, but in 1856 he went into the flour and grain business. He has resided in Brooklyn for the past twenty-six years, and in 1855 was elected Alderman of the Fifteenth Ward. Mr. Cunningham was Alderman for three or four terms, and three years ago was the Democratic candidate for Sheriff against Aras G. Williams, who defeated him. He has never held any offices save Alderman and Treasurer. He is a member of the Produce Exchange and President of the Jackson Club; also, a sound Democrat and an official of unquestioned integrity and ability. He resides in the Fifteenth Ward, is married and has a family. The term of office of City Treasurer is two years; the salary $3,000 per annum.

Website: The History
Article Name: Officials: Personnel of the City Government 1875 Part III
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


Brooklyn Daily Eagle 7/31/1875
Time & Date Stamp: