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Thomas C.T. Crain (May 25, 1860-May 29, 1942) was a Tammany Hall New York County District Attorney.

Crain was born in a house on 14th Street near Tammany Hall. His father was a Democratic Assemblyman and later consul to Milan, Italy and he would study in Germany, England and Italy.[1]

In 1887 he formally began his association with Tammany Hall representing the Silk Stocking District. He also had a private law practice. In 1888 he was appointed the private secretary of Mayor Hugh J. Grant. He was City Chamberlain from 1890 to 1894 when became Tenement House Commissioner which he resigned in 1905 following a dispute Mayor George B. McClellan following the dispute in the wake of a fire at 105 Allen Street that killed 18.[2] Most of the victims were children. Fire officials said windows and fire escapes were blocked. Charges were made that the department had not properly inspected it although Crain said the records show twice a month inspections.

He was on the Tammany General Session bench from 1906 until 1924 when he was named to the New York Supreme Court.

In 1929 he was elected to the District Attorney position at the age of 69. He convened a grand jury into the Arnold Rothstein murder and it adjourned saying it could not solve the case. In 1930 a grand jury he convened to investigate job buying Magistrate George F. Ewald. When the jury did not indict, Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt convened a jury and got an indicted.[3]

In 1930 he announced a war against rackets which produced few results charges were filed against him for general negligence. The charges were ultimately dismissed by Roosevelt.

After leaving the job in 1933 at the age of 72 he was a New York Supreme Court referee until his death.

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Preceded by
Joab H. Banton
District Attorney - New York County, New York
1930 – 1932
Succeeded by
William C. Dodge
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