Carey, Hugh Leo
- Robert Polner
Carey, Hugh Leo (11 Apr. 1919–7 Aug. 2011) United States Representative and Governor of New York, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the third of Margaret Collins and Denis J. Carey’s six sons. Before his birth, his mother worked as the administrative assistant to steel company executive Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, known by her pen name “Nellie Bly” and celebrated for her feats as a round-the-world traveler, early female reporter, and social reformer. Carey’s father co-founded a motor fuel distribution company in the 1920s that went under during the Great Depression, a casualty, in part, of monopolistic practices by giant oil and railroad concerns. Carey went to Catholic schools, drawing excellent grades and graduating from St. Augustine’s High School in ...