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Plunkitt of Tammany Hall

Selections from a Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics, Delivered by Ex-Senator George Washington Plunkitt, the Tammany Philosopher, from His Rostrum--the New York County Court House Bootblack Stand

by William L. Riordon

Among the great manuals of urban politics in America, none is more charming or instructive than the plain talks of George Washington Plunkitt, a district leader—that is, a ward boss—of New York City’s powerful Tammany Hall at the turn of the twentieth century. Born in a shantytown on Manhattan’s upper West Side in 1842, Plunkitt died a rich and famous man in 1924. The “very plain talks” that made his reputation were published first in the newspapers and then, in 1905, as a book. They took place at what Plunkitt referred to as his office: Graziano’s bootblack stand in the old county courthouse off Foley Square, and were recorded by William L. Riordon of the New York Evening Post.

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ISBN: 978-1-937853-30-3

Words: 24,000

Pages: 53

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