MINNESOTA: Minneapolis Mayor

Two years ago a rift within Minneapolis' Farmer-Labor Party permitted Republican Alexander Gilberg ("Buzz") Bainbridge to slip into the mayor's chair (TIME, June 26, 1933). Pudgy Mayor Bainbridge, for a generation manager of the local Shubert Theatre, proved himself nothing if not a good showman. He sponsored a move to raise $25,000,000 by voluntary subscription, distribute it among farmers to revive their purchasing power. When Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows came to town, he had himself photographed on the lap of the midget who had sat on the...

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