Italian American Mayors of NYC

Fiorello LaGuardia Fiorello LaGuardia

New York City’s 99th mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia, the “Little Flower,” was not only the first of four Italian Americans, but probably the most colorful and dynamic of all to occupy the city’s highest office. The 5-foot tall NYU law grad opened his law practice in 1909 with $6 in his pocket.

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