Fiorello H. La Guardia Quotes

I say that the most inefficient, wasteful self-government is worth more than the most efficient dictatorship.




Fiorello H. La Guardia, 1882-1947, U. S. Congressman (Republican & Socialist, NY), New York City Mayor (Republican and Fusion Party), Speech in Congress against Hitler and Mussolini, April 15, 1932

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Fiorello H. La Guardia
Fiorello H. La Guardia
  • Born: December 11, 1882
  • Died: September 20, 1947
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Fiorello Henry La Guardia was an American politician. He is best known for being the 99th Mayor of New York City for three terms from 1934 to 1945 as a Republican. Previously he had been elected to Congress in 1916 and 1918, and again from 1922 through 1930. Irascible, energetic, and charismatic, he craved publicity and is acclaimed as one of the greatest mayors in American history. Only five feet, two inches (1.57 m) tall, he was called "the Little Flower" (Fiorello is Italian for "little flower").

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