WISCONSIN: Milwaukee's Mayor

Of all the corrupt U. S. cities Milwaukee in the early 19005 was one of the most corrupt. In 1916, its disgusted German-immigrant voters quit old-line parties and elected as mayor a tall, lanky, unkempt Irishman—a Socialist. So thorough a job of housecleaning did Daniel Webster Hoan do in Milwaukee that his townsmen re-elected him six times without a break. Under May or Hoan's 24-year administration, Milwaukee became one of the best-run cities in the U. S. Chief carping came from bankers, utility men, real-estate owners protesting that "Uncle Dan," bearing the...

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