Glenn S. Hackett, one of Niagara County's most powerful political figures even though he never held an elective office, died Saturday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital after a long illness. He was 67.
Mr. Hackett was a former Niagara County attorney and county Democratic Party chairman and held many other political and legal posts during his career.
"I think he was one of the best chairmen we ever had and also one of the best county attorneys," said veteran Democratic Legislator Dennis F. Virtuoso of Niagara Falls. "He was very, very knowledgeable on municipal law. He was an effective county attorney. He got things done."
Mr. Hackett was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from Lewiston-Porter High School. He earned a bachelor's degree at Niagara University and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame.
As a teenager, he was U.S. national junior badminton champion, according to his wife of 34 years, the former Barbara Wingfield.
Mr. Hackett practiced law in the firm of Hackett & Hackett, founded by his father.
His first political job was nine months on the state payroll in 1965, as an aide to Assemblyman Donald J. O'Hara of Niagara Falls.
Mr. Hackett served as Lewiston village attorney for nine months in 1966. He was Wheatfield town attorney from 1970 to 1979; attorney for the Niagara County Sewer District from 1976 to 1981 and again from 1990 to 1991; a member of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board of commissioners from 1981 to 1990; county attorney from 1982 to 1989 and again from 1994 to 1997; Industrial Development Agency attorney from 1994 to 1997; and county Democratic leader from 1992 to 1996.
Mr. Hackett ran for Niagara County district attorney in 1973 but lost to Aldo L. DiFlorio.
Ill health ended his career in 1997. He resigned as IDA attorney in September 1997, blaming the effects of a stroke he had suffered in August 1996. He resigned as county attorney shortly thereafter.
He was a member of Niagara Falls Country Club.
Besides his wife, survivors include two sons, Robert and Glenn Jr.; four daughters, Deborah Bernard, Karen Conners, Shana and Cynthia Chaput; two stepchildren, Ellen McGuire White and Robert McGuire; and a brother, James W.
A memorial service will be held in the summer.