National Affairs: Jimmy Walker, Tsar

In 1929 Mayor James John Walker of New York City, blithe, debonair, and Tammany's greatest vote-getter, swamped his Republican rival by 500,000 votes. The rival was Fiorello Henry LaGuardia. In 1932 Governor Franklin Roosevelt held hearings on Mayor Walker's conduct of his office, during which Mayor Walker resigned. Fiorello LaGuardia, making much of Mayor Walker's misdoings, in due time became New York City's mayor.

Last week New Yorkers rubbed their eyes at finding the names Walker-Roosevelt-La Guardia tied together again. After lunch at the White House, Mayor LaGuardia flew back to Manhattan and, as he explained upon landing, at 7,000 feet up...

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