"I am the Law": The Life and Times of Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague

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Frank Hague served as the mayor of Jersey City for much of the early twentieth century. While some believed him a thief, others viewed him as a modern-day Robin Hood. He could put food on your table or triple your taxes, give you a job or end your career. It was with this same ease and power that he could make you a federal judge, a congressman or even a United States senator. He has been remembered—including through a character on the popular TV drama "Boardwalk Empire"—as one of the most corrupt politicians of ...

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Overview

Frank Hague served as the mayor of Jersey City for much of the early twentieth century. While some believed him a thief, others viewed him as a modern-day Robin Hood. He could put food on your table or triple your taxes, give you a job or end your career. It was with this same ease and power that he could make you a federal judge, a congressman or even a United States senator. He has been remembered—including through a character on the popular TV drama "Boardwalk Empire"—as one of the most corrupt politicians of the century. But in this biography, Leonard Vernon reexamines Hague's deeds, prompting a new understanding of his life and the memory of politicians of the era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609494681
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 787,380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

The Horseshoe 21

Fact From Fiction 37

The Director of Public Safety 53

The Organization 69

Mrs. Norton Goes to Washington 79

Happy Days Are Here Again 87

That Man Is a Red 97

Friends in High Places 109

Gentlemen, Hats Off 121

Appendix: FBI Documents 133

Notes 167

Index 187

About the Author 191

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