New York City Mayor
John Francis Hylan - 96th Mayor
1918 to 1925
John F. Hylan”s 18k gold badge, “The Mayor” Police Department City of New York.
Purchased from Art & Christina Sinai.
1905 portrait of John F. Hylan.
John F. Hylan's 14k & 18k gold Mayor of New York City badge made by
Dieges & Clust.
Purchased from the Art & Christina Sinai.
Back of John F. Hylan's 14k & 18k gold Mayor of New York City badge made by Dieges & Clust.
Hylan attending the 1920 World Series at Ebbets Field.
Throwing out the 1st ball.
John Francis Hylan (April 20, 1868 – January 12, 1936) was the 96th Mayor of New York City (the seventh since the consolidation of the five boroughs), from 1918 to 1925. From rural beginnings in the Catskills, Hylan eventually obtained work in Brooklyn as a laborer on the elevated railroad. During his nine years with the company, he worked his way to engineer, and also studied to earn his high school diploma then his law degree. He practiced law for nine years and also participated in local Democratic politics.
In 1917 with the consent of Tammany and William Randolph Hearst, he was put forward as a Brooklyn Democratic candidate for Mayor and won the first of two terms. He was re-elected with a wide plurality, which swept many Brooklyn Democrats into office. His chief focus in office was to keep subway fares from rising. By the end of his second term, however, a report by a committee appointed by Governor Al Smith severely criticized his administration's handling of the subway system. Tammany ran Jimmy Walker against him for the Democratic nomination and Hylan lost. Walker appointed him to the Children's Court where he sat for many years. After his term as mayor, Hylan spent much time attacking the "interests," arguing that industrial concentration gave great power to individuals to influence politics and impoverish the working poor.
Presentation Ivory and Gold Gavel:
To The Hon. John F. Hylan /
Mayor of Greater New York /
From Admiring Friends /
October 7th, 1922.
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Maybe all of them at one time.
Mayor Hylan inspecting the New York Police Department.
January 13, 1936 Obituary
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