Oswald D. Heck

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Oswald David Heck[1] (February 13, 1902 – May 21, 1959) was an American lawyer and politician. To date he has been the longest-serving Speaker of the New York State Assembly, and he was the last Speaker from Upstate New York.


He was born on February 13, 1902 in Schenectady, New York. In 1933, he married Beulah W. Slocum.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939–40, 1941–42, 1943–44, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1957–58 and 1959; and was Majority Leader in 1936, and Speaker from 1937 until his death in 1959.

He was a delegate to the 1944, 1948, 1952 and 1956 Republican National Conventions.

He died on May 21, 1959, in Schenectady, New York, of a heart attack; and was buried at the Vale Cemetery there.

His 21-year-old son Peter Heck died on July 17, 1960, in Glens Falls Hospital, in Glens Falls, New York, after a car accident.[2]

His daughter Penelope Heck Crannell died February 3, 1979 at St. Clares Hospital in Schenectady, NY of liver cancer.


  1. ^ The Garnet of Union College, Schenectady, New York. LXVIII. Albany, New York: Frank H. Evory & Co. 1922. p. 103.
  2. ^ HECK YOUTH IS KILLED in the New York Times on July 18, 1960 (subscription required)


  • [1] Political Graveyard
  • [2] Obit notice in TIME magazine on June 1, 1959
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Charles W. Merriam
New York State Assembly
Schenectady County, 1st District

Succeeded by
district abolished
Preceded by
new district
New York State Assembly
Schenectady County

Succeeded by
Joseph F. Egan
Political offices
Preceded by
John F. Killgrew
Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Irving M. Ives
Preceded by
Irving M. Ives
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Joseph F. Carlino