The Ascent of Fiorello La Guardia, New York’s First Italian-American Mayor

"I can't take off and I can't land, but I sure can fly." -bomber pilot Fiorello La Guardia, 1918

The following article, written by Jonathan Lewin, appears on

The Little Flower always knew he’d make a great New York mayor. By 1933 he’d been waiting years for the job.

As an anti-Tammany liberal Republican, Fiorello La Guardia attracted national attention in Congress, but he could never build a constituency in his own heavily Democratic town. Now, with Jimmy Walker deposed, civic leaders at last were looking for a fusion candidate with La Guardia’s previously unfashionable reform opinions.

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