Don't Call Me Boss: David L. Lawrence, Pittsburgh's Renaissance Mayor


The first biography of Lawrence, the best of the city bosses, who became mayor of Pittsburgh, modern municipal manager, governor of Pennsylvania, and a power in national politics.
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The first biography of Lawrence, the best of the city bosses, who became mayor of Pittsburgh, modern municipal manager, governor of Pennsylvania, and a power in national politics.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lawrence may not have liked the word, but he was the boss of Pittsburgh from 1933 to 1966. At the start, he was a boss in the old-fashioned sense: he was in on the ground floor of Franklin Roosevelt's victory in 1932 and parlayed that position, along with the patronage that accompanied it, into an impregnable machine, replacing an entrenched Republican organization with which he had worked closely. In 1945 he became the mayor of the dying city when no one else wanted the job and, with help from business and industrial leaders, revitalized the Steel City both physically and psychically. Weber, dean of Duquesne University's Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, tells Lawrence's story effectively, but interest in the man will likely be confined to Western Pennsylvania. Photos. February 29
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822953975
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/1988
  • Series: Social and Labor History Ser.
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Weber is Dean of the Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Urban History at Duquesne University.

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