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Thomas C. Desmond

Thomas Charles Desmond (September 15, 1887 – October 6, 1972) was an American engineer and politician from New York.


He was born on September 15, 1887, in Middletown, Orange County, New York, the son of Thomas Henry Desmond and Katharine (Safried) Desmond. He graduated from Harvard University in 1908, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1909.[1]

He was President and Chief Engineer of the Newburgh Ship Yards which built ships for the U.S. Navy, among them in 1918 the USS Newburgh.

On August 16, 1923, he married Alice B. Curtis,[2] an author of biographies, and travel and children's books. They had no children.

He was President of The New York Young Republican Club; and a delegate to the 1928 and 1940 Republican National Conventions.

Desmond was a member of the New York State Senate from 1931 to 1958, sitting in the 154th, 155th, 156th, 157th, 158th, 159th, 160th, 161st, 162nd, 163rd, 164th, 165th, 166th, 167th, 168th, 169th, 170th and 171st New York State Legislatures; and was Chairman of the Committee on Public Printing in 1931, and of the Committee on Military Affairs in 1932.

He was a life member of the MIT Corporation, and died on October 6, 1972, in Boston, Massachusetts, while on a visit to the MIT.[3]

In 1976, his widow Alice Curtis Desmond (1897–1990) married Hamilton Fish III (1888–1991).[4]


New York State Senate
Preceded by
Caleb H. Baumes
New York State Senate
27th District

Succeeded by
Paul A. Fino
Preceded by
Gilbert T. Seelye
New York State Senate
32nd District

Succeeded by
William F. Condon
Preceded by
Ernest I. Hatfield
New York State Senate
33rd District

Succeeded by
D. Clinton Dominick III