John Vliet Lindsay


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(b. New York City, 24 Nov. 1921; d. Hilton Head, South Carolina, 19 Dec. 2000)

US; member of the US House of Representatives 1959–61; mayor of New York City 1965–73 Lindsay was educated at St Paul's Concord, New Hampshire, and graduated from Yale, BA in 1944 and LLB 1948. He was called to the bar in New York, 1949. Serving in the US navy during the Second World War, he saw active service in Sicily, Biak, Hollandia, and the Philippines. He began practising law in 1953, was appointed executive assistant to the US Attorney-General, 1955–6, and thereafter combined a career in law and politics. He was elected US Congressman for the 17th District of New York in 1959, retaining his seat in the next two elections. He gained the position for which he was best known in 1965 when he stood for the Republican Party and was elected mayor of New York City, an office he continued to hold for the next eight years, being re-elected in 1969 despite having lost the Republican nomination.

Beginning his political career as a Republican, in the early 1960s he was associated with the moderate, liberal Ripon group which was trying to reform the party in the hope of attracting the support of new, young suburbanites and college graduates. Eventually abandoning the GOP as a lost cause, he became a Democrat. In 1972 he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination. After leaving office Lindsay practised law and worked as a television commentator.

Subjects: Politics.

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