National Affairs: Friendship

Often hailed as a symbol of democracy at work, Manhattan's Borough President Hulan Jack is a better symbol of big-city Democratic politics at work. West Indies-born Jack rose from janitor to vice president of a paperbox company, tied his political ambitions to Tammany Hall and the rising power of Manhattan's 400,000 Negroes. Elected to the state assembly seven times, Jack was tapped by Tammany in 1953 for the borough presidency, was elected, and re-elected four years later. As the highest paid ($25,000) Negro municipal officeholder in the U.S., he was the pride of...

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