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Don't call me boss : David L. Lawrence, Pittsburgh's Renaissance mayor

by Weber, Michael P.

Format: Print Book 1988
Availability: Available at 17 Libraries 17 of 20 copies
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The death of David Leo Lawrence in 1966 ended a fifty-year career of major influence in American politics. In a front-page obituary, the New York Times noted that Lawrence, the longtime mayor of Pittsburgh, governor of Pennsylvania, and power in Democratic national politics, disliked being called Boss. But, the Times noted, "he was one anyway."Certainly Lawrence was a consumate politician. Born in a poor, working-class neighborhood, in the present-day Golden Triange of Pittsburgh, he was from boyhood an astute student of politics and a devoted Democrat. Paying minute attention to every detail at the ward and precinct level, he revived the moribund Democratic party of Pittsburgh and fashioned a machine that upset the long-entrenched Republican organization in 1932.When "Davy" Lawrence, as he was affectionately known, won the gubernatorial election in 1958, he became the first Roman Catholic governor of Pennsylvania and the oldest. But he achieved his greatest public recognition as mayor of Pittsburgh. Taking office in 1945, at the close of World War II, this stalwart Democrat formed an alliance with the predominantly Republican business community to bring about the much acclaimed Pittsburgh Renaissance, transforming the downtown business district and persuading many large corporations to retain their national headquarters in Pittsburgh. In 1958 the editors of Fortune magazine name Pittsburgh as one of the eight best administered cities in America.Don't Call Me Boss examines the lengthy career of this remarkable politician. Using over one hundred interviews, as well as extensive archival material, Michael Weber demonstrates how Lawrence was able to balance his intense political drive and devotion to the Democratic party with the larger needs of his city and state. Although his administration was not free of controversy, as indicated by the city's police and free work scandals. Lawrence showed that it was possible to make the transition from nineteenth-century political boss to modern municipal manager. He was one of the few politicians of the century to do so. When the undisputed bosses of other American cities - the Curleys, Pendergasts, and Hagues - were out of power and disgraced, Lawrence was elected governor of Pennsylvania.More than twenty years after his death, David L. Lawrence and his success in rebuilding the city of Pittsburgh continue to serve as an example of effective urban leadership.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lawrence may not have liked the word, but he was the boss of Pittsburgh from 1933 to 1966. At the start, he was a boss in the old-fashioned sense: he was in on the ground floor of Franklin Roosevelt's victory in 1932 and parlayed that position, along with the patronage that accompanied it, into an impregnable machine, replacing an entrenched Republican organization with which he had worked closely. In 1945 he became the mayor of the dying city when no one else wanted the job and, with help from business and industrial leaders, revitalized the Steel City both physically and psychically. Weber, dean of Duquesne University's Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, tells Lawrence's story effectively, but interest in the man will likely be confined to Western Pennsylvania. Photos. (February 29) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Pittsburgh series in social and labor history.
Subjects Lawrence, David Leo, -- 1889-1966.
Mayors -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Biography.
Governors -- Pennsylvania -- Biography.
Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Politics and government.
Publisher Pittsburgh, Pa. :University of Pittsburgh Press,1988
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xxii, 440 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Bibliography: pages 399-428.
ISBN 0822935651 (hard)
0822953978 (pbk.)
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