Who Are Some Well-Known New York City Mayors?


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Some well-known New York City mayors include Jimmy Walker, Fiorello LaGuardia, Abe Beame and Rudy Giuliani. These men are associated with particular decades and pivotal moments in the city's history.

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Who Are Some Well-Known New York City Mayors?
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James John “Jimmy” Walker served as mayor from 1926 to 1932 and presided over the city during the Roaring Twenties. He refused to abide by Prohibition and allowed the proliferation of speakeasies in the 1920s. After numerous affairs with women and allegations of corruption, he resigned in 1932.

Fiorello LaGuardia served as mayor from 1933 to 1945 and became notable for being the city’s first Italian-American mayor, cleaning the city government of corruption and crime, and ushering the city through the Great Depression.

Abraham “Abe” Beame served as mayor from 1974 to 1977 and had been the city comptroller for 12 years before becoming mayor. He inherited a $1.2 billion deficit from his predecessor and is remembered for the federal government’s refusal of his request for economic assistance, forever enshrined in the New York Post headline, “Ford To City – Drop Dead.”

Rudolph “Rudy” Giuliani served as mayor from 1994 to 2001 after serving as a federal prosecutor. He is noted for his campaign against organized crime and a dramatic drop in the city’s overall crime rate. Giuliani also presided over the city on the darkest day of its history and helped lead it to recovery after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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