William J. Maier

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William J. Maier as a second term New York Assemblyman in 1906.

William J. Maier (September 13, 1876 in Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York – December 1941) was an American politician from New York. He served seven terms in the New York State Assembly, and was briefly in 1922 New York State Comptroller.


Maier was educated at Mynderse Academy before attending Albany Law School, from which he graduated in 1900 with a LL.B. degree.[1]

Maier subsequently spent two years in Europe before going to work at the law firm of McDonald Brothers.[1]

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Seneca Co.) in 1905, 1906, 1914, 1915 and 1916; and was Chairman of the Committee on Electricity, Gas and Water Supply in 1915, and Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means in 1916.

Upon his retirement from the Assembly, Maier was appointed as Deputy Fiscal Supervisor for the State of New York.[2]

In February 1917, Maier was appointed as a Deputy to State Comptroller Eugene M. Travis, effective March 1.[2]

Maier was later appointed Chief Deputy Comptroller by Governor-elect Nathan L. Miller on December 31, 1920.[3]

In May 1922, Maier was promoted to New York State Comptroller by Governor Miller to fill the unexpired term of Comptroller James A. Wendell following his death.[4] Maier lost a bid for re-election in 1922 by Democrat James W. Fleming, however.

After leaving government service, Maier was elected Chairman of the New York State Republican Committee, a role which he occupied from 1929 to 1930. He was additionally a delegate to the 1936 Republican National Convention.


  1. ^ a b "William J. Maier," New York Red Book. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon Company, 1906; pg. 153.
  2. ^ a b "Maier to Become Travis's Deputy," New York Times, February 21, 1917.
  3. ^ "Both Parties Pay Tribute to Smith," New York Times, January 1, 1921, pg. 3.
  4. ^ "Names Maier Controller," New York Times, May 23, 1922.


External links[edit]

  • Obituary, New York Times, December 16, 1941. (subscription required)
New York State Assembly
Preceded by
John F. Crosby
New York State Assembly
Seneca County

Succeeded by
William B. Harper
Preceded by
Augustus S. Hughes
New York State Assembly
Seneca County

Succeeded by
Lewis W. Johnson
Political offices
Preceded by
James A. Wendell
New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
James W. Fleming
Party political offices
Preceded by
H. Edmund Machold
Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee
Succeeded by
W. Kingsland Macy