Elmer Mustard

Elmer Mustard

Elmer Mustard was appointed the 13th Fire Commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia on February 23, 1940 due to the sudden retirement of Fire Commissioner John J. McElligott under questionable circumstances.

On February 24, 1940, Mayor LaGuardia voided McElligott's retirement, and ordered him to return to his position as Fire Commissioner. Three days later, on February 27th, McElligott resumed his position as Fire Commissioner.

Elmer Mustard only served four days as Fire Commissioner and died of a heart attack on March 1, 1940, three days after leaving his position as the shortest serving Fire Commissioner in New York City history.


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