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Sworn in in ’48, Owen M. Begley vowed to be worthy of the people’s confidence

Sworn in in ’48, Owen M. Begley vowed to be worthy of the people’s confidence

Owen M. Begley was honored to become mayor of Schenectady. “But with that honor comes many responsib
Sworn in in ’48, Owen M. Begley vowed to be worthy of the people’s confidence
Owen M. Begley supports women raising funds to fight heart disease. The woman at right places a support pin on the mayor's lapel.
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Owen M. Begley was honored to become mayor of Schenectady.

“But with that honor comes many responsibilities,” Begley said, after taking the oath of office on Jan. 1, 1948. “I hope that in the performance of the duties of that office I will prove worthy of the confidence that you people of Schenectady have placed in me.”

Begley, a Democrat, had been elected to office in 1947. He served two two-year terms, and was succeeded in 1952 by Republican Archibald Wemple. During his tenure as mayor, Begley appeared in dozens of newspaper photos with friends and citizens.

According to published obituaries, Begley was elected to the state Senate in 1957 and served until 1965. He was a founder of Schenectady County Community College and was its first president. The college library is named in his honor.

Begley was also president of the Schenectady County Bar Association in 1972-73. He died in Schenectady on Sept. 25, 1981 at age 75.

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