• Five-Piece Lot Involving Corrupt NY Tammany Hall Politician William Boss Tweed

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    Five-piece lot involving William B. “Boss” Tweed (April 3, 1823 – April 12, 1878), widely known as Boss Tweed, was most notable for being the “boss” of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party-political machine that played a major role in politics of 19th century New York City and State. Tweed was the third-largest landowner in New York City, a director of the Erie Railroad and the Tenth National Bank, a significant stockholder in iron mines and gas companies.  He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1852 and the New York County Board of Supervisors in 1858, the same year became head of the Tammany Hall political machine. His greatest influence came from being an appointed member of boards and commissions and his control over political patronage in New York City.  Tweed was convicted for stealing an amount estimated at between $25 million and $45 million from New York City taxpayers through political corruption. Unable to make bail, he escaped from jail once, but was returned to custody. He died in the Ludlow Street Jail.


    8 ½ x 14 DS by Tweed and others, being a City of New York receipt for articles received and services performed for printing.  Tweed has signed as Commissioner of Public Works.  A second DS is included for The City of New York Lamps and Gas. CDV of Tweed included and a copy of “The Downfall Tammany Hall No Fall At All, 24 pp, 4 ¾ x 7 ½, being a book of whimsical poetry about the Tammany Hall scandal. Harper's Weekly issue dealing with the Tammany scandal, including cartoons.


    One of the signed documents has a chip at the top, folds, toning. The second document has been reinforced at folds. CDV has been trimmed at the top. Poetry book has soiling to the cover and toning to the pages. The Harper's Weekly has been trimmed on the front page. Articles are in tact.


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