John Francis Curry was not the worst leader Tammany Hall ever had since its founding as a patriotic society 145 years ago. But he was afflicted with such stubbornly bad judgment that last week he had the distinction of being the first Tammany boss to be booted out of his job by his disgruntled followers.

When turtle-beaked Boss Curry became leader of Manhattan's Democracy five years ago, Tammany was the unchallenged political power in the nation's No. 1 city, a controlling factor in the State. Soon thereafter began a string of monotonous mistakes. Tammany stood by Mayor "Jimmy" Walker long...

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