From the archive, 22 September 1947: New York mayor LaGuardia dies

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Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the most remarkable mayor of a great city in American history, who died on Saturday, was a native of New York City, born in 1882. His father, an Italian immigrant, was a bandmaster in the United States Army, his mother a Sephardi Jewess. In early manhood LaGuardia was employed in the Consulates of Trieste and Fiume, and later, while working for his law degree at Columbia University, he earned his living as an interpreter for the Immigration Department on Ellis Island.

In 1916 he was elected to Congress breaking off to serve in Italy as an Air Force officer in the first world war. Fourteen years in the House of Representatives made his reputation for courage and independence. From boyhood he had dreamed of civic reform in his own city, and his great opportunity came in 1933, the first year of the Roosevelt New Deal.

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