INSPECTOR NALLY DEAD
Policeman's Troubled Career Ended by Apoplexy
The troubled career of Inspector James F. Nally in the Police Department ended yesterday morning at 9:30 o'clock. He died from apoplexy at his
home. No. 201 Edgecombe avenue, half an hour after his wife had reported at Police Headquarters that he was sick. Inspector Nally had not been feeling well for some time, but on Saturday was at his office In the 12th District, in Queens. Sunday was his day off, and he spent It at home.
Inspector Nally was born at Albany In 1847. He came to this city while young, and was apprenticed to a silversmith, later working several
years with Tiffany & Co. He served through the last three months of the war with the 69th New York Volunteers, and then came back to this city to work at his trade. On his thirtieth birthday, June 1 1877 he was made a patrolman, becoming roundsman four years later and sergeant In December, 1896.
While Devery was dealing out heavy justice at headquarters, Nally, in Police parlance, "got in bad" for some reason, and went to Staten Island. There he took the examination for captain. When the allowance of a veteran was added, this put him at the head of the list. Devery would not appoint him and Nally had to fight for his rights in the courts, and It was not until June, 1902 that he was made captain. His lot was not a happy one, for every possible attempt to "get" him was made down to the time of Deputy Commissioner Piper. Finally, to escape these attacks, Nally reported sick one day and remained on sick leave until Piper was dropped.
He recovered rapidly after, and was sent to the 30th Precinct, in West 100th street. There charges were made that things were not all right in the precinct, and Acting Captain Eggers made a stirring raid over his head on an alleged poolroom centre. This was thought to be the last touch, but instead of being "broke" the captain was sent to Leonard street. While he was 30th Precinct Nally's son got in a quarrel, in which there was a shooting in the saloon which he ran near the station. Young Nally could not be found for a long time, and it was said that while detectives were "looking" for him he had been seen in the station.
When he took the examinations for inspector, Nally was again at the head of the list of eligible candidates. He received his commission on June
20th 1905, and was sent to the 12th District about four months ago.
Inspector Nally leaves a wife and seven children, four sons and three daughters.
Source: New York Daily Tribune - 20th August 1907