Fred W. Preller

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Fred W. Preller (March 29, 1902 – August 29, 1974) was an American politician from New York.


He was born on March 29, 1902,[1] in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York City. He attended St. Nicholas Parochial School and St. Nicholas Commercial High School.[2] From about 1930 on, he worked as a securities consultant for Eastman Dillon & Co., after a merger in 1956 known as Eastman Dillon, Union Securities & Co.

Preller was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1945 to 1965, sitting in the 165th, 166th, 167th, 168th, 169th, 170th, 171st, 172nd, 173rd, 174th and 175th New York State Legislatures; and was Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means from 1961 to 1964.

He was an alternate delegate to the 1944 and 1964 Republican National Conventions. He was Chairman of the Queens County Republican Committee from September 1962[3] to January 1965.[4]

In October 1964, Preller was questioned about his missing income tax returns from 1960 to 1962.[5] In December 1965, he was accused of not filing income tax returns from 1959 to 1963.[6] In 1969, he pleaded guilty to not having paid income tax in 1961.[7]

He died on August 29, 1974, at his home at 218–05 100th Avenue in Queens Village, Queens.[8]


  1. "PRELLER, FRED" at Social Security Info
  2. New York Red Book (1961–1962; pg. 201)
  3. PRELLER TO HEAD G.O.P. IN QUEENS in the New York Times on September 22, 1962 (subscription required)
  4. RECORD IN QUEENS CITED BY ARCHINAL in the New York Times on January 25, 1965 (subscription required)
  5. No Record Preller Filed '60–'62 Income Tax Returns in The Knickerbocker News, of Albany, on October 1, 1964
  6. Preller Accused of Not Filing U.S. Tax Returns in the New York Times on December 3, 1965 (subscription required)
  7. EX-G.O.P. AIDE PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX COUNT in the New York Times on February 1, 1969 (subscription required)
  8. FRED W. PRELLER, EX-ASSEMBLYMAN in the New York Times on August 31, 1974 (subscription required)
New York Assembly
Preceded by
new district
New York State Assembly
Queens County, 9th District

Succeeded by
district abolished
Preceded by
William H. MacKenzie
New York State Assembly
Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means

Succeeded by
John T. Satriale