Location: 90th Street at Fifth Ave
Artist/Designer: Adolph Alexander Weinman, sculptor; Thomas Hastings and Don Barber, architects
Materials: North Jay Granite, bronze, slate
Funding: Mitchel Memorial Committee
John Purroy Mitchel (1879-1918) was known as the “Boy Mayor of New York City.” Elected mayor at the age of 34, he was a reformist candidate of the Fusion Party, a coalition of Protestants, Jews, and Republicans against the powerful and politically corrupt Tammany Hall, which controlled the Democratic Party. Despite widespread reforms, a powerful alliance with the corruption-fighting police commissioner, and creation of the city’s first comprehensive budget, Mitchel failed to get reelected for a second term. A staunch supporter of America’s role in World War I, Mitchel then joined the Army as a pilot. He suffered a fatal accident when he fell out of his plane near the end of his training.
John Purroy Mitchel Memorial
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