End of Tammany?

It never occurred to Christy Sullivan that the Tammany Tiger might turn on him. All his life he had stood for the Tammany kind of loyalty; in ten years in the New York State Senate he always voted as he was told; in 24 years in Congress, he never made a speech.

At 71, he was the last white-haired, Paddy-faced survivor of the old Sullivan clan which was the Bowery's gift to Tammany: notorious "Big Tim" and "Little Tim" Sullivan (no kin to Christy) and "Big Florrie" Sullivan (Christy's brother). In 1937 Tammany...