William Jay Gaynor

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Jay, William (c.1793–1837). English architect. His Albion Chapel, Moorfields, London (1815–16—demolished) was admired by none other than James Elmes. Jay, however, emigrated to Savannah, GA, USA, in 1817, where he designed some of the earliest houses there in the Greek Revival style (e.g. Owen Thomas House Museum, Telfair House, and Scarborough House (1818, 1820) ). He returned to England in 1822, and probably designed houses in Columbia Place, Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham, Glos. He was responsible for Watermoor House, Cirencester, Glos. (1825–7), and two of the houses in Pittville Parade (now Evesham Road), Cheltenham, were by him. He went bankrupt, and obtained an official post in Mauritius, where he died.

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Colvin (1995);
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, xxii/4, (Dec. 1963), 225–7

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William Jay Gaynor, 1849–1913, U.S. political leader, mayor of New York City, b. Oneida co., N.Y. He rose to prominence as a civic reformer in Brooklyn and, as justice of the New York supreme court (1893–1909), continued to oppose municipal graft. Tammany named him candidate; he won the 1909 election but soon lost Tammany support by his reform program, which was not highly successful. His strong and unconventional personality made him a spectacular figure of his time.