Governing a City of Homes: Cranston and its Mayors

Governing a City of Homes: Cranston and its Mayors

by Steven Frias

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Overview

In 1638, feisty colonists settled in Cranston and a century later defied the British over taxation. From the early town meetings that were rife with heated debate to the incorporation of a fully functioning city, local historian and attorney Steven Frias charts the turbulent evolution of a democracy. Frias takes the reader through twenty consecutive mayors' terms, starting with Cranston's first mayor, Edward Sullivan, who never raised property taxes during his term while successfully managing to lower the debt of the city. Frias continues on with such mayors as John Horton, who provided liberal support for public education. Discover the corruption and scandal surrounding the installation of the sewer systems, and learn why the area was dubbed "City of Farms" and how current circumstances in Cranston reflect on past leadership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609493226
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 09/29/2011
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Steven Frias, a Brown University graduate and a history enthusiast, is an attorney specializing in public utility, telecommunications and administrative law. He is active in both local and state politics, has advised two Cranston mayors and has served on various local boards. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Cranston Historical Society. His op-eds on historical events or current events from a historical perspective have been published in both the Providence Journal and the Cranston Herald.

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