Fiorello Laguardia Essay

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Fiorello LaGuardia was born on December 11th 1882 to immigrants of Italian and Jewish ancestry in New York. He served as the mayor of New York City from 1945-1945. He is considered to be one of the mayors who redefined New York City politics. Fiorello had a very long career in politics before serving as mayor. After graduating New York University law school in 1910, LaGuardia practiced law and was appointed Deputy Attorney General. He also served many terms in Congress as a republican. LaGuardia lost his first try at the Mayor's race to Jimmy Walker in 1929, but was successful on his second try in 1933. LaGuardia expressed his interest in the Mayoral running after he lost his final term in Congress, November 1932. On November…show more content…
"The Fusion Conference Committee, as it came to be called, consisted of delegates from groups traditionally hostile to the Wigwam: conservative Republicans, the business community, and the Good Government associations" (Mann, P.67). The fusion party was founded by Maurice P. Davidson and officers of the good government associations in 1932. "The City Fusion Party hoped to win the 1933 election and institute such traditional mugwump planks as charter revision, civil service reform, proportional representation, a small city council, possibly a city manager plan, and the consolidation of overlapping offices on which the spoils men had been feeding" (Mann P.68). Fiorello's values were much like the Fusion parties. In fact, he was advocating what they have been for nearly a decade or more. In 1933 The Fusion Party wanted to run an independent Democrat for Mayor since at the time in New York City, Registered Democrats outnumbered Republicans by nearly 4 to 1, this made it even harder for LaGuardia. The Fusion party wanted as their primary choice for a candidate to run a man by the name of Seabury. He declined for personal reasons. The parties' second choice was Joseph V Mckee who was the president of the Board of Alderman. LaGuardia had very little press, public relations and money to run successfully on his own. From March to August LaGuardia "spoke up and down the ity in order to build public support and keep his name
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