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Jimmy Walker
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    (June 19, 1891-November 18, 1946)
    Born in New York City, New York
    New York State Assemblyman (1910-14) and Senator (1915-25)
    Mayor of New York City (1926-32)
    Nicknamed ‘Beau James’ and ‘Gentleman Jimmy’
    He has (almost) the same name as the actor who played J.J. in Good Times.
    His campaign bio claimed he grew up in poverty, but in reality his father owned a lumberyard and was a New York City alderman.
    He left his wife for a showgirl.
    He flouted Prohibition laws, openly patronizing speakeasies.
    He accepted bribes from contractors doing business with the city.
    With a judicial committee investigating corruption in New York City politics, he resigned his office and fled to Europe until the heat was off.
    Bob Hope made an unsuccessful bid to be taken seriously as an actor by portraying him in the whitewashed biopic ‘Beau James.’ (1957)
    As state senator, he sponsored the bill to legalize boxing in New York; as a result, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
    He created New York City’s Department of Sanitation.
    He settled a subway strike while maintaining five-cent fares.
    He condemned the Ku Klux Klan.
    He campaigned to overturn New York’s blue laws, such as the bans on movies and baseball games on Sunday.
    His flamboyant man-about-town style was a perfect match for the city during the Jazz Age.
    After returning from Europe, he headed Majestic Records and recorded musicians including Louis Prima.

Credit: C. Fishel

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