Abraham Oakey Hall: New York's Most Elegant and Controversial Mayor
Ask a New Yorker on the street today what he or she thinks of Abraham Oakey Hall, and you'll be met with a "who?" But if you had asked that same question of a citizen on that same sidewalk in 1871, you would have received an earful.
Some thought he was brilliant. Some thought he was crazy. Dubbed "Elegant Oakey" by the citizens of New York City in the 1870s, Hall lived his life and governed the city in full color, by far the most flamboyant and interesting mayors the city has ever had. Always dressed impeccably with the highest fashions of the day and wearing his trademark pince-nez glasses, Hall became the toast of New York City.
But the charming finesse by which Hall lived has been overshadowed by his alleged participation in the Tweed Ring theft scandal that rocked New York City in 1871 during his mayoralty. Hall was accused of stealing money along with William "Boss" Tweed and other city officials. Whenever Hall is mentioned, he is associated with the scandal, even given the fact that he was tried three times and acquitted.
Abraham Oakey Hall: New York's Most Elegant and Controversial Mayor takes the reader along an intimate journal through Hall's life, full of interesting stories and anecdotes and asks the reader to serve as an historic jury member to decide Hall's innocence or guilt.
What say you?
From the Introduction: "I would like to think that Hall would be pleased with this biography. He loved attention, craved it, and made sure everything he did was in bold. So I decided the world needs to be introduced to Abraham Oakey Hall. I wanted to give the reader a sense of who this man really was. Not just the ambitious young man deciding what to do with his life and how to do it. Not just the skilled lawyer. Not just the respected district attorney. Not just his entanglement with Tweed and the members of 'The Ring.' Not just the allegedly corrupt mayor. Not just the actor. Not just the writer. But the whole man.
"Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce to you His Honor, Mayor Hall of New York City."
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New York's Father is Murdered! The Life and Death of Andrew Haswell Green
On a cold November afternoon in 1903, Andrew Haswell Green lay bleeding on the concrete, a victim of an assassin’s bullet, thus ending a career and life dedicated to service to the City of New York.
Without his tireless management, skill in navigating municipal and state politics, and undaunted spirit of a do-gooder, New York City would certainly not have Central Park, The New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, New York City Hall…the list goes on and on.
Often called the “Father of Greater New York,” Green was—until his dying day—a relentless advocate for the common good. He earned this title for being the proponent for consolidation of the five boroughs to make Greater New York City in 1898. Green was always striving to make New York City a magnificent city, not only for the current generation, but for generations to come.
We are familiar with his work, but not his name. We recognize immediately the buildings and landmarks he created or helped create, but we do not know his face.
Always the driving force in the background and always focused on the outcomes rather than the means or his own ego, Green served the citizens of New York City for over sixty years –from his arrival in the 1840s until his death in 1903.
This book examines Green’s life and involvement with many of today’s historic buildings, parks and attractions so that the reader may full appreciate them and how they came to be, and how New York City became the city it is today.
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