The Impeachment of Governor Sulzer

The Impeachment of Governor Sulzer

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Brings to life the dramatic and colorful career of William Sulzer (1863a€“1941), former governor of New York State. In The Impeachment of Governor Sulzer, Matthew L. Lifflander brings to life the dramatic story of a forgotten incident in New York State political history. When William Sulzer was elected to the office of governor of New York State in November 1912, it represented the culmination of a long and successful career in politics. The son of a German immigrant father and a Scotch-Irish American mother, Sulzer (1863a€“1941) rose through the powerful Tammany Hall machine to become the youngest man ever to serve as speaker of the New York State Assembly. In 1894, he was elected to Congress, where he served with distinction for eighteen years, rising to chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. When he became governor, it was with the support of the Tammany Hall machine, and everyone expected that he would duly perform his duties under the direction of Tammany boss Charles F. Murphy. Political reform and the corrupt influence of political machines were significant issues of the day, however, and shortly after Sulzera€™s election he began to project a populist a€œman of the peoplea€ image, announcing that he a€œbelonged to no man.a€ After he rejected some of Murphya€™s recommendations for key appointments and initiated investigations into corrupt state officialsa€”many of them with Tammany connectionsa€”it was decided that he was a threat to the party bosses and had to be removed. Incredibly, less than a year after his election to the highest office in New York State, Sulzer had been impeached and removed. In addition to shedding light on the career of one of the most interesting and colorful figures in American political history, The Impeachment of Governor Sulzer explores legal, moral, and political issues that continue to this day, including pervasive questions about money and politics. a€œLifflander unveils the ugly truth of bought and paid for public officials in this political biography of New Yorka€™s only impeached governor a€b Recalling the draconian days of political warfare, Lifflander describes how the party machine functioned by delivering votes, mostly immigrants fresh off the boat, in exchange for patronage.a€ a€” Sacramento Book Review a€œa€bThe Impeachment of Governor Sulzer is an enthralling, action-packed, crisply written book that ardent politicos and lovers of literature alike will savor. Lifflander deserves a debt of gratitude for rediscovering this important and illuminating chapter in our statea€™s history.a€ a€” City and State a€œMatt Lifflander has illuminated a little-known but compelling drama from American history, how the governor of the then largest, most powerful state was driven from office. In the telling he reveals in suspenseful style how rough-and-tumble politics worked in New York State in another era. Yet, the lessons are not lost in the current political climate and apply not only to that state.a€ a€” Joseph E. Persico, author ofRoosevelta€™s Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II a€œA full, modern biography of New York Governor William Sulzer is long overdue. In this biographera€™s capable hands, the book provides fresh and valuable insights into his impeachment while offering a lively narrative of an uncommon life. This volume fills a gap in New York state political history while providing a fascinating portrait of a man who experienced the highs and lows of elected office.a€ a€” Paul Grondahl, author of Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany EnigmaIn retrospect, it is very clear that the outcome of Boss Murphya#39;s war with Governor Sulzer had a significant and positive influence on ... Leaving public school at age fourteen to help support his family, Murphy did a variety of manual work beforeanbsp;...

Title:The Impeachment of Governor Sulzer
Author:Matthew L. Lifflander
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2012-08-08


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