T. Vincent Quinn

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T. Vincent Quinn, New York Congressman and Judge

Thomas Vincent Quinn (March 16, 1903 – March 1, 1982) was a U.S. Representative from New York.


T. Vincent Quinn was born in Long Island City, New York on March 16, 1903. He attended schools in Queens, graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School, and received his ll.b. degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1924.[1][2]

Quinn practiced in New York City. Active in the Democratic Party, he served as Assistant District Attorney of Queens County from September 1931 to August 1934. From 1934 to 1947 he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and he twice served as Acting U.S. Attorney.[3]

In July 1947 Quinn was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney General, and he served until resigning in August 1948 in order to campaign for Congress.[4][5]

Quinn was the successful Democratic nominee for a seat in the U.S. House in 1948 and won reelection in 1950. He served from January 3, 1949 until resigning in December 1951 to become Queens County District Attorney. Quinn ran successfully for Queens County District Attorney in 1951 and served from January 1952 until December 1955.[6][7]

In 1953 Quinn and his former law partners were indicted for allegedly enabling Quinn to accept legal fees for advising clients with business before the federal government while Quinn was serving in Congress, and taking steps to conceal this activity. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1955. In 1956 Quinn and his associates were acquitted on some charges, and in 1957 the remaining charges were dismissed.[8][9]

In 1957 Quinn was appointed to the New York City Magistrates' Court. He served as a magistrate until 1962, when the court was merged with the New York City Criminal Court. After the merger Quinn was a Judge on the criminal court until retiring in September 1972.[10]

In retirement Quinn resided in Venice, Florida, where he died on March 1, 1982.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ International Brotherhood of Teamsters, The International Teamster, Volume 45, Issues 9-46, 1948, page 56
  2. ^ Fordham University School of Law Alumni, The Fordham Advocate, Vol. 1., No. 2, December 17, 1951, page 3
  3. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Quinn Succeeds Carrol as Aide To U. S. Attorney, August 28, 1934
  4. ^ El Paso Herald Post, Newspaper Reveals Story Behind Story of Commie Spies, August 5, 1948
  5. ^ United Press, Toledo Blade, Justice Department Official Resigns: Campbell to Enter Indiana Senator Race, December 20, 1949
  6. ^ Associated Press, Daytona Beach Morning Journal, Indicted twice on Tax Fee Charges, January 10, 1953
  7. ^ Salt Lake Tribune, Ex-Solon Tells Of Aid to Tax Clients, April 5, 1952
  8. ^ Gloversville Republican, Quinn Indicted For Accepting Illegal Tax Fees, January 10, 1953
  9. ^ Syracuse Post-Standard, Ex-Congressman Free in Fee Case, April 26, 1956
  10. ^ Joseph Giardini, Long Island Star-Journal, Political Roundup, April 24, 1957
  11. ^ Florida Death Index, 1877-1998, entry for T. Vincent Quinn, retrieved April 24, 2014
  12. ^ U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, entry for T. Vincent Quinn, retrieved April 24, 2014
  13. ^ New York Times, Death Announcements, 1851-2003, entry for T. Vincent Quinn, March 3, 1982

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Preceded by
Harold M. Kennedy
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York

1944 - 1945
Succeeded by
Miles F. McDonald
Preceded by
Miles F. McDonald
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York

1945 - 1946
Succeeded by
J. Vincent Keogh
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert T. Ross
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert T. Ross