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JOHN MAGILL - Magill was not one of the industrial giants in Troy; nor was he socially accepted in the highest levels of society in the city. He was an Irish immigrant, a master stone and brick mason and a builder. (He built the famed Oakwood crematorium.) In short, he was a striver. One might think that as an Irishman he would have been a Democrat. Not Magill! He was an Irish Republican. In fact, he became the Republican police commissioner during the time when the city had two competing police department. He was in the thick of the labour unrest and violence that grew out or Troy's industrial power...and he hired one of the most important architects in New York to design for him, a house which most Irish immigrants in the 19th Century could never dream of owning. I call the Magill House, the house that graft built. I hope you enjoy your visit.