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CCB: The Life and Century of Charles C. Burlingham, New Yorks First Citizen, 1858-1959 George     Martin

CCB: The Life and Century of Charles C. Burlingham, New Yorks First Citizen, 1858-1959

George Martin

Published April 15th 2005
ISBN : 9781429998789
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704 pages
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The exemplary life of an extraordinary politician and reformer.Though he held no elected or appointed office, the New York City lawyer Charles C. Burlingham had great influence with those who did, and used it in unusual ways. George MartinsMoreThe exemplary life of an extraordinary politician and reformer.Though he held no elected or appointed office, the New York City lawyer Charles C. Burlingham had great influence with those who did, and used it in unusual ways. George Martins surprising biography shows how one citizen, working quietly behind the scenes, became a power broker who transformed his countrys civic life.Growing up after the Civil War, CCB--as everyone called him--was enthralled by Americas dynamism of his city but shocked by the social costs of modernization, and he deplored the endemic corruption of city politics- eventually he let his law practice take a backseat to civil reform work. His second career in meddling, as he called it, helped to put great judges on the bench (among them Benjamin Cardozo) and climaxed when he arranged the Fusion reform ticket on which Fiorello La Guardia swept to victory in 1933. Nor does Martin neglect Burlinghams private life--his eccentric wife, tragically afflicted son, and daughter-in-law Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham, who took CCBs grandchildren off to Vienna to be analyzed, as she was, by Sigmund and Anna Freud.This adroit, engaging account of a high-spirited, good-hearted, talented man, chronicling his witty, effective commitment to social betterment, vividly documents a century of change in the ways Americans lived, their cities were governed, and their nation fought wars.