H. Edmund Machold

Henry Edmund Machold (July 5, 1880 in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York February 6, 1967) was an American lawyer, businessman and politician.


He was the son of P. Bernhard Machold and Margaret Mellmen Machold. He attended Albany Law School and read law in Amsterdam. During the Spanish–American War he served in the New York State Militia. He began operating a dairy farm in Ellisburg, New York in 1900. He married Jennie Ward, and they had twins, Earl and Doris. He also engaged in banking from 1919 on, eventually becoming president of the Northern New York Trust Company.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923 and 1924; and was Speaker from 1921 to 1924. As Speaker, he advocated lowering taxes and successfully opposed Governor Al Smith's attempts to reorganize the state bureaucracy.

He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1924 and 1932. He was Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee in 1928 and 1929, campaigning for Herbert Hoover.

He was vice-president of the St. Regis Paper Company and the Niagara Mohawk Power Company (1932–1950). In 1934, he was accused of trying to influence state legislation concerning utilities.[1]

He was a presidential elector in 1952 and 1956, voting both times for Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

He was buried at Ellisburg Cemetery in Ellisburg, N.Y.


  1. "List of 'Favored' in Alleghany Issue". New York Times. 25 May 1933. 'Selected' Buyers Got the Stock at $20, when prices on Exchange were $31 to $35...Henry E. Machold, Vice President and Director F. L. Carlisle & Co., Director Marine Midland Company...2000 [shares]


New York Assembly
Preceded by
Lewis W. Day
New York State Assembly
Jefferson County, 1st District

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

Succeeded by
Jasper W. Cornaire
Political offices
Preceded by
Thaddeus C. Sweet
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Joseph A. McGinnies
Party political offices
Preceded by
George K. Morris
Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee
Succeeded by
William J. Maier
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