Connecticut: His Last Funeral

Flowers were heaped high, cops stood around the casket, and hundreds of mourners trooped by. It was a fine funeral; and Jasper McLevy. who was fond of funerals and used to attend three or four a week, would have enjoyed it. But this was Jasper's own: the man who had served almost a quarter-century as the Socialist mayor of Bridgeport. Conn., was dead at 84.

McLevy (pronounced McLeevy) was a peculiar institution in U.S. politics. A handsome although notably untidy man, he was a Socialist by label, but he had the political instincts of a Democratic ward boss and...

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