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Fiorello La Guardia
|Fiorello La Guardia|
January 1, 1934 – December 31, 1945
|Preceded by||John P. O'Brien|
|Succeeded by||William O'Dwyer|
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933
|Preceded by||Isaac Siegel|
|Succeeded by||James J. Lanzetta|
10th President of the New York City Board of Aldermen
January 1, 1920 – December 31, 1921
|Preceded by||Robert L. Moran|
|Succeeded by||Murray Hulbert|
March 4, 1917 – December 31, 1919
|Preceded by||Michael F. Farley|
|Succeeded by||Nathan D. Perlman|
|Born|| December 11, 1882|
Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York
|Died|| September 20, 1947 (aged 64)|
Bronx, New York
|Birth name||Fiorello Enrico La Guardia|
Fiorello Henry LaGuardia ( //; born Fiorello Enrico La Guardia; December 11, 1882 – September 20, 1947) was Mayor of New York for three terms from 1934 to 1945 as a Republican. Previously he was 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 three or four greatest mayors in American history. Only five feet tall, he was called "the Little Flower" (Fiorello is Italian for "little flower").
LaGuardia, a Republican who appealed across party lines, was very popular in New York during the 1930s. As a New Dealer, he supported President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, and in turn Roosevelt heavily funded the city and cut off patronage from LaGuardia's foes. La Guardia revitalized New York City and restored public faith in City Hall. He unified the transit system; directed the building of low-cost public housing, public playgrounds, and parks; constructed airports; reorganized the police force; defeated the powerful Tammany Hall political machine; and reestablished merit employment in place of patronage jobs.
LaGuardia was a domineering leader who verged on authoritarianism but whose reform politics were carefully tailored to address the sentiments of his diverse constituency. He defeated a corrupt Democratic machine, presided during a depression and a world war, made the city the model for New Deal welfare and public works programs, and championed immigrants and ethnic minorities. He succeeded with the support of a sympathetic president. He secured his place in history as a tough-minded reform mayor who helped clean out corruption, bring in gifted experts, and fix upon the city a broad sense of responsibility for its own citizens. His administration engaged new groups that had been kept out of the political system, gave New York its modern infrastructure, and raised expectations of new levels of urban possibility. He synthesized the human sympathy of Tammany ward heelers with the honesty and efficiency of the good government reformers.
The intemperate mayor was rough on his staffers and left no doubt who was in charge. He lost his intuitive touch during the war years, when the federal money stopped flowing in, and never realized that he had created far more infrastructure than the city could afford. "LaGuardia represented a dangerous style of personal rule hitched to a transcendent purpose," according to Thomas Kessner, LaGuardia's biographer. "People would be afraid of allowing anybody to take that kind of power today."
Early life and career
LaGuardia was born in Greenwich Village in New York City to two Italian immigrant parents. His father, Achille La Guardia, was a lapsed-Catholic from Cerignola, and his mother, Irene Coen, was a Jew from Trieste, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; his maternal grandmother Fiorina Luzzatto Coen was a Luzzatto, a member of the prestigious Italian Jewish family of scholars, kabbalists and poets and had among her ancestors the famous rabbi Samuel David Luzzatto better known as Shadal. It was in Trieste that Achille La Guardia met and married Irene . Fiorello La Guardia was raised an Episcopalian and practised that religion all his life. His middle name “Enrico” was changed to “Henry” (the English form of Enrico) when he was a child.
He moved to Arizona with his family, where his father had a bandmaster position at Fort Whipple in the U.S. Army. LaGuardia attended public schools and high school in Prescott, Arizona. After his father was discharged from his bandmaster position in 1898, Fiorello lived in Trieste.
La Guardia joined the State Department and served in U.S. consulates in Budapest, Trieste, and Rijeka (1901–1906). He returned to the U.S. to continue his education at New York University. In 1907-10 he worked for New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children as an interpreter for the U.S. Bureau of Immigration at the Ellis Island immigrant station.
Marriages and family
LaGuardia married twice. His first wife was Thea Almerigotti, whom he married on March 8, 1919. In November 1920 they had a daughter, Fioretta Thea, who died October 13, 1921 of spinal meningitis. His wife died of tuberculosis on November 29, 1921, at the age of 26. He married Marie Fisher in 1929; they adopted two children.
Early political career
Elected to Congress
LaGuardia became Deputy Attorney General of New York in January, 1915. In 1916, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he had a reputation as a fiery and devoted reformer. As a congressman, LaGuardia represented an ethnically diverse slum district in East Harlem and, although barred from important committee posts because of his political independence, he was a tireless and vocal champion of Progressive causes. LaGuardia took office on March 4, 1917 but soon was commissioned in the United States Army Air Service rising to the rank of major in command of a unit of Ca.44 bombers on the Italian-Austrian front in World War I. LaGuardia resigned his seat in Congress on December 31, 1919.
President of the Board of Aldermen
In 1919, LaGuardia was chosen to run as the Republican candidate for the office of President of the New York City Board of Aldermen. His Democratic opponent was Robert L. Moran, an Alderman from the Bronx who had succeeded to that office in 1918 when Alfred E. Smith, who had been elected President in 1917, became Governor Michael “Dynamite Mike” Kelly, commander of New York’s Third “Shamrock” Battalion, also joined the race. Tammany Hall looked with alarm upon Kelly’s entrance into the campaign and tried to persuade him to withdraw his candidacy and throw his support behind Mr. Moran. When he refused, Tammany went to the New York Supreme Court and successfully sued to keep Kelly’s name off the ballot. When Election Day arrived, over 3,500 of Kelly’s supporters wrote his name on the ballot. This number was sufficient to defeat Moran, who lost to LaGuardia by only 1,363 votes.
Return to Congress A leading liberal reformer, LaGuardia sponsored labor legislation and railed against immigration quotas. His major legislation was the Norris-LaGuardia Act, cosponsored with Nebraska senator George Norris in 1932. It circumvented Supreme Court limitations on the activities of labor unions, especially as those limitations were imposed between the enactment of the Clayton Antitrust Act in 1914 and the end of the 1920s. Based on the theory that the lower courts are creations not of the Constitution but of Congress, and that Congress therefore has wide power in defining and restricting their jurisdiction, the act forbids issuance of injunctions to sustain anti-union contracts of employment, to prevent ceasing or refusing to perform any work or remain in any relation of employment, or to restrain acts generally constituting component parts of strikes, boycotts, and picketing. It also said courts could no longer enforce yellow-dog contracts, which are labor contracts prohibiting a worker from joining a union.
Never an isolationist, he supported using American influence abroad on behalf of democracy or for national independence or against autocracy. Thus he supported the Irish independence movement and the anti-czarist Russian Revolution of 1917, but did not approve of Lenin. Unlike most progressive colleagues, such as Norris, La Guardia consistently backed internationalism, speaking in favor of the League of Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union as well as peace and disarmament conferences. In domestic policies he tended toward socialism and wanted to nationalize and regulate; he was never close to the Socialist party and never bothered to read Karl Marx.
Champion of the progressive movement
As a congressman, LaGuardia was a tireless and vocal champion of progressive causes, from allowing more immigration and removing U.S. troops from Nicaragua to speaking up for the rights and livelihoods of striking miners, impoverished farmers, oppressed minorities, and struggling families. A goad to the era's plutocrats and their enablers in government, LaGuardia fought for progressive income taxes, greater government oversight of Wall Street, and national employment insurance for workers idled by the Great Depression.
Defeats in 1929 and 1932
As a Republican La Guardia had to support Harding in 1920; he had to be silent in the 1928 campaign although he favored Al Smith, a Democrat. In 1929, he lost the election for mayor to incumbent Democrat Jimmy Walker by a landslide. In 1932, he was defeated for re-election to the House by James J. Lanzetta, the Democratic candidate. 1932 was not a good year for Republican candidates like LaGuardia, and the 20th Congressional district was shifting from a Jewish and Italian-American population to a Puerto Rican population.
Mayor of New York
Walker and his Irish-run Tammany Hall were forced out of office by scandal and LaGuardia was determined to replace him. First he had to win the nomination of both the Republican party and also the "Fusion" group of independents. He was not the first choice of either, for they distrusted Italians. On the other hand La Guardia had enormous determination, high visibility, the support of reformer Samuel Seabury and the ability to ruin prospects of any rival by a divisive primary contest. He secured the nominations and expected an easy win against hapless incumbent Mayor John P. O'Brien. At the last minute Joseph V. McKee entered the race as the nominee of the new "Recovery party." McKee was a formidable opponent because he was sponsored by Bronx Democratic boss Edward J. Flynn and apparently was favored by President Franklin Roosevelt. LaGuardia made corruption his main issue. The campaign saw mud slung three ways, with LaGuardia denounced as a far-left "Red," O'Brien as a pawn of the bosses, and McKee as an anti-Semite. LaGuardia's win was based on a complex coalition of regular Republicans (mostly middle class Germans in the boroughs outside Manhattan), a minority of reform-minded Democrats, some Socialists, a large proportion of middle-class Jews, and the great majority of Italians. The Italians had been loyal to Tammany; their switch proved decisive.
LaGuardia came to office in January 1934 with five main goals:
- Restore the financial health and break free from the bankers' control
- Expand the federally funded work relief program for the unemployed
- End corruption in government and racketeering in key sectors of the economy
- Replace patronage with a merit-based civil service, with high prestige
- Modernize the infrastructure, especially transportation and parks
He achieved most of the first four goals in his first hundred days, as FDR gave him 20% of the entire national CWA budget for work relief. LaGuardia then collaborated closely with Robert Moses, with support from the governor, Democrat Herbert Lehman, to upgrade the decaying infrastructure. The city was favored by the New Deal in terms of funding for public works projects.
LaGuardia was not an orthodox Republican. He also ran as the nominee of the American Labor Party, a union-dominated anti-Tammany left-wing group that supported Franklin D. Roosevelt for president beginning in 1936. LaGuardia supported Roosevelt, chairing the Independent Committee for Roosevelt and Wallace with Senator George Norris during the 1940 presidential election.
LaGuardia was the city's first Italian-American mayor, but was not a typical Italian New Yorker. He was a Republican Episcopalian who had grown up in Arizona, and had a Triestine Jewish mother and a Catholic-turned-atheist Italian father. He reportedly spoke several languages, including Hebrew, Croatian, German, Italian, and Yiddish. LaGuardia was also a very active Freemason.
LaGuardia loathed the gangsters who brought a negative stereotype and shame to the Italian community. His first action as mayor was to order the chief of police to arrest mob boss Lucky Luciano on whatever charges could be found. LaGuardia then went after the gangsters with a vengeance, stating in a radio address to the people of New York in his high-pitched, squeaky voice, "Let's drive the bums out of town." In 1934, LaGuardia went on a search-and-destroy mission looking for mob boss Frank Costello's slot machines, which La Guardia executed with gusto, rounding up thousands of the "one armed bandits", swinging a sledgehammer and dumping them off a barge into the water for the newspapers and media. In 1935, La Guardia appeared at The Bronx Terminal Market to institute a city-wide ban on the sale, display, and possession of artichokes, whose prices were inflated by mobs. When prices went down, the ban was lifted. In 1936, LaGuardia had special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey, a future Republican presidential candidate, single out Lucky Luciano for prosecution. Dewey led a successful investigation into Luciano's lucrative prostitution operation, eventually sending Luciano to jail with a 30-50 year sentence. The case was made into the 1937 movie 'Marked Woman', starring Bette Davis.
LaGuardia proved successful in shutting down the burlesque theaters, whose naughty shows offended his puritanical sensibilities.
LaGuardia's admirers credit him for, among other things, restoring the economic lifeblood of New York City during and after the Great Depression. He is given credit for many massive public works programs administered by his powerful Parks Commissioner Robert Moses and employed thousands of voters. The mayor's relentless lobbying for federal funds allowed New York to develop its economic infrastructure.
To obtain large-scale federal money the mayor became a close partner of Roosevelt and New Deal agencies such as CWA, PWA and WPA, which poured $1.1 billion into the city 1934-39. In turn he gave FDR a showcase for New Deal achievement, helped defeat FDR's political enemies in Tammany Hall (the Democratic party machine in Manhattan). He and Moses built highways, bridges and tunnels, transforming the physical landscape of New York City. The West Side Highway, East River Drive, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Triborough Bridge, and two airports were built during his mayoralty.
1939 was a busy year, as he opened the New York World's Fair at Flushing Meadow, Queens, opened New York Municipal Airport #2 in Queens (later renamed Fiorello H. LaGuardia Field), and had the city buy out the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, thus completing the public takeover of the subway system. When the newspapers went on strike he read the funny papers on the radio.
Responding to popular disdain for the sometimes corrupt City Council, LaGuardia successfully proposed a reformed 1938 City Charter that created a powerful new New York City Board of Estimate, similar to a corporate board of directors.
He was an outspoken and early critic of Adolf Hitler and the National socialist regime. In a public address in 1934, LaGuardia warned, "Part of Hitler's program is the complete annihilation of the Jews in Germany." In 1937, speaking before the Women's Division of the American Jewish Congress, LaGuardia called for the creation of a special pavilion at the upcoming New York World's Fair "a chamber of horrors" for "that brown-shirted fanatic".
LaGuardia's sister, Gemma La Guardia Gluck, was arrested by the National socialists in 1944 when they took control of Budapest. They knew she was Fiorello's sister and was held as a political prisoner and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. Gemma was one of the few survivors of this camp. She wrote about her time at the Ravensbruck women's concentration camp with great clarity — she is believed to be the only American-born woman interned by the National socialists.
According to Try and Stop Me by Bennett Cerf, LaGuardia often officiated in municipal court. He handled routine misdemeanor cases, including, as Cerf wrote, a woman who had stolen a loaf of bread for her starving family. LaGuardia insisted on levying the fine of ten dollars. Then he said "I'm fining everyone in this courtroom fifty cents for living in a city where a person has to steal bread in order to eat!" He passed a hat and gave the fines to the defendant, who left the court with $47.50. But convincing proof of this anecdote still lacks.
World War II
In 1941, during the run-up to American involvement in World War II, President Roosevelt appointed LaGuardia as the first director of the new Office of Civilian Defense (OCD). Roosevelt was an admirer of LaGuardia, after meeting Winston Churchill for the first time he described him as "an English Mayor LaGuardia." The OCD was the national agency responsible for preparing for blackouts, air raid wardens, sirens, and shelters in case of German air raids. The government knew that such air raids were impossible but the goal was to psychologically mobilize many thousands of middle class volunteers to make them feel part of the war effort. LaGuardia remained Mayor of New York, shuttling back and forth with three days in Washington and four in the city in an effort to do justice to two herculean jobs. After Pearl Harbor in December 1941 his role was turned over to full-time director of OCD, James M. Landis. LaGuardia's popularity slipped away and he ran so poorly in straw polls in 1945 that he did not run for a fourth term.
Unemployment ended and the city was the gateway for military supplies and soldiers sent to Europe, with the Brooklyn Navy Yard providing many of the warships and the garment trade provided uniforms. The city's great financiers, however, were less important in decision making than policy makers in Washington, and very high wartime taxes were not offset by heavy war spending. New York was not a center of heavy industry and did not see a wartime boom as defense plants were built elsewhere
FDR refused to make him a general and was unable to provide fresh money for the city. By 1944 LaGuardia was frantically juggling the books to pay the city's bills. His successors realized that New York City could not support his fabulous infrastructure and high wages and pensions for teachers, police and city workers without borrowing more and more until it faced bankruptcy, which came in 1975.
Later life and death
LaGuardia was the director general for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in 1946.
A man of short stature, LaGuardia's height is sometimes given as 5 ft. According to an article in the New York Times, however, his actual height was 5 ft.
He became a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity.
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- LaGuardia Airport, the smallest of New York's three major currently operating airports, bears his name; the airport was voted the "greatest airport in the world" by the worldwide aviation community in 1960. La Guardia ordered construction of the airport after his TWA flight arrived at Newark, which is in the neighboring state of New Jersey. His airline ticket had an arrival city that read "New York"; the landing in Newark instead outraged him and caused him to order the plane to fly to Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field. Not long after, the city voted to build a new airport in La Guardia's name.
- The United States Postal Service honored him with a 14¢ postage stamp.
- LaGuardia Place, a street in Greenwich Village which runs from Houston Street to Washington Square, is named for La Guardia; there is also a statue of the mayor on that street.
- La Guardia loved music, and was famous for spontaneously conducting professional and student orchestras. He once said that the "most hopeful accomplishment" of his administration as mayor was the creation of the High School of Music & Art in 1936, now the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
- In addition to LaGuardia High School, a number of other institutions are also named for him, including LaGuardia Community College.
- He was the subject of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Fiorello!.
- La Guardia Bridge in Prescott, Arizona on North Montezuma Avenue.
- In 1940, La Guardia received The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York".
- Rehov LaGuardia (LaGuardia Street) is a major road and the name of a highway interchange on the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv.
- "Ulica Fiorella La Guardije" (Fiorello La Guardia Street) is the name of a street in Rijeka, Croatia. La Guardia served in the U.S. consulate in Rijeka during the period before World War I when the city was under Austro-Hungarian rule and was known under its Italian name Fiume.
- On Staten Island, Masonic lodge #1130 at 236 Main Street is named after him.
- He got passed the laws to ban pinball machines as gambling devices around 1939, and many photos exist of him destroying the games prohibition-style, with sledge hammers or in large fires. The laws stayed on the books until 1976.
In popular culture
- LaGuardia was the subject of the hit 1959 musical "Fiorello!". He was portrayed by actor Tom Bosley. The show ran for two years and closed in 1961
- In The Plot Against America by Philip Roth, he is depicted as one of the leaders of the opposition against president Charles Lindbergh.
- In The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell, he is portrayed by Phil Arnold.
- In the timeline of Robert Heinlein's utopian novel "For Us, the Living" – written in 1939 but only published posthumously in 2003 – La Guardia is elected President in 1951 and serves two terms as a militant reforming president, effectively nationalizing the banking system and instituting a system of Social Credit.
- The New York Public Radio WNYC Archives maintains a twitter feed that features "tweets" from transcripts of La Guardia's "Talk to the People" radio program: http://twitter.com/#!/mayorlaguardia
- In Ghostbusters 2 he is mentioned as having come back to talk to the current mayor after "having been dead for over forty years".
- LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
- LaGuardia Commission, a study on the effects of marijuana in U.S. society
- New York City mayoral elections for votes in 1929, 1933, 1937 and 1941.
- List of mayors of New York City
- ↑ "The Green Book: Mayors of the City of New York" on the official NYC website]
- ↑ He wrote his name as a single word with no space between the "La" and the capitalized "G" which follows.
- ↑ He was ranked first in Melvin G. Holli, The American Mayor (1993)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Kessner, Thomas (1989). Fiorello H. LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York.
- ↑ Roberts, Sam (April 18, 2008). "The Giuliani Years: History; LaGuardia's Legacy Is Formidable, but it May Be Surpassed". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C01E2D81730F932A05751C1A9679C8B63.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Gross, Daniela. Le radici triestine di Fiorello LaGuardia leggendario sindaco di New York City (Italian). Newspaper article 1. Il Piccolo. Retrieved on 23 April 2010.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 LA GUARDIA, Fiorello Henry at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- ↑ For one biographical account about Achille LaGuardia, Sheila Foraker. Achille La Guardia: Bandmaster of the 11th U.S. Infantry Territorial Brass. Retrieved on 1 December 21010.
- ↑ LaGuardia and Wagner Archives Photo Collection - Family Album # 2. Retrieved on 1 December 2010.
- ↑ Zinn, Howard (2010). LaGuardia in Congress. Cornell University Press, 7. ISBN 978-0-8014-7617-4. Retrieved on 13 November 2011.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Zinn, LaGuardia in Congress (1959)
- ↑ "R.L. Moran Led City Alderman," The New York Times, August 19, 1954.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Major Kelly Killed by his Own Pistol, The New York Times, July 23, 1930.
- ↑ "This Election Near A Collapse for Tammany," The New York Times, November 6, 1919.
- ↑ Zinn, LaGuardia in Congress pp. 226-30
- ↑ Irving Bernstein, The Lean Years: A History of the American Worker, 1920-1933 (1966), pp 406-9
- ↑ Zinn, LaGuardia in Congress pp. 267-70
- ↑ Zinn, La Guardia in Congress, (1959)
- ↑ Joseph McGoldrick, "The New York City Election of 1929," The American Political Science Review, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Aug., 1930), pp. 688-690 in JSTOR
- ↑ Arthur H. Mann, LaGuardia Comes to Power 1933 (1969)
- ↑ Thomas Kessner, Fiorello H. LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York (1989) ch 8-9
- ↑ Ronald H. Bayor, Fiorello La Guardia: Ethnicity and Reform (1993)
- ↑ Thomas Kessner, Fiorello H. LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York (1989) pp 350-68
- ↑ Christopher Gray (1994-08-May). Streetscapes/Bronx Terminal Market; Trying to Duplicate the Little Flower's Success. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2011-06-Jul.
- ↑ Andrea Friedman, "'The Habitats of Sex-Crazed Perverts': Campaigns against Burlesque in Depression-Era New York City," Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 7, No. 2, (Oct., 1996), pp. 203-238 in JSTOR
- ↑ David M. Esposito, and Jackie R. Esposito, "La Guardia and the National socialists, 1933-1938." American Jewish History 1988 78(1): 38-53. ISSN: 0164-0178; quote from H. Paul Jeffers, The Napoleon of New York (2002) p. 233.
- ↑ Times Online, "Adolf Eichmann's List"
- ↑ Mikkelson, Barbara and David; (January 1, 2008). LaGuardian Angel. Snopes. Retrieved on January 31, 2008.
- ↑ Mikkelson, Barbara and David; (August 19, 2009). LaGuardian Angel. Snopes. Retrieved on February 29, 2012.
- ↑ Thompson, Kenneth W. (1996). Virginia Papers on the Presidency. Lanham: University Press of America, 114. ISBN 978-0-7618-0545-8. Retrieved on 13 November 2011.
- ↑ Erwin Hargrove, "The Dramas of Reform," in James D. Barber, ed. Political Leadership in American Government (1964), p. 94.)
- ↑ Karl Drew Hartzell, The Empire State At War, World War II (1949)
- ↑ Thomas Kessner, "Fiorello H. LaGuardia." History Teacher 1993 26(2): 151-159
- ↑ Sewell Chan (December 4, 2006). "The Empire Zone: The Mayor's Tall Tales". New York Times. http://empirezone.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/12/04/the-mayors-tall-tales/. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
- ↑ Jackson, Nancy Beth. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Fieldston; A Leafy Enclave in the Hills of the Bronx", The New York Times, February 17, 2002, accessed May 3, 2008. "Fiorello H. La Guardia, a three-time mayor of New York, lived and died at 5020 Goodridge Avenue."
- ↑ Fiorello Henry LaGuardia at Find a Grave
- ↑ He was first in Melvin G. Holli, The American Mayor (1993);
- ↑ Steigman, Benjamin: Accent on Talent – New York's High School of Music & Art Wayne State University Press, 1984 ISBN 0-686-87975-9
- Further reading
- Bayor, Ronald H. Fiorello La Guardia: Ethnicity and Reform. (1993). 213 pp.
- Brodsky, Alyn. The Great Mayor: Fiorello La Guardia and the Making of the City of New York. (2003). 530 pp. popular biography; excerpt and text search
- Capeci, Dominic J. "From Different Liberal Perspectives: Fiorello H. La Guardia, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Civil Rights in New York City, 1941-1943," The Journal of Negro History, Vol. 62, No. 2 (Apr., 1977), pp. 160–173 in JSTOR
- Caro, Robert. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. (1973) excerpt and text search
- Garrett, Charles. The La Guardia Years: Machine and Reform Politics in New York City. (1961).
- Hecksher, August III. When La Guardia Was Mayor: New York's Legendary Years. (1978).
- Jeffers, H. Paul. The Napoleon of New York: Mayor Fiorello La Guardia 392 pp. popular biography online edition; also excerpt and text search
- Kaufman, Herbert. "Fiorello H. La Guardia, Political Maverick" Political Science Quarterly 1990 105(1): 113-122. Issn: 0032-3195 in Jstor
- Kessner, Thomas. "Fiorello H. LaGuardia." History Teacher 1993 26(2): 151-159. Issn: 0018-2745 in Jstor
- Kessner, Thomas. Fiorello H. LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York (1989) the most detailed standard scholarly biography
- LaGuardia, Fiorello H. The Making of an Insurgent: An Autobiography. (1948)
- La Guardia Gluck, Gemma: Fiorello's Sister: La Guardia's Gluck's story, originally published in 1961, reissued in 2007 with new material, edited by Rochelle Saidel. Syracuse University Press; Expanded edition.
- Mann, Arthur H. La Guardia: A Fighter Against His Times 1882-1933 (1959)
- Mann, Arthur H. La Guardia Comes to Power 1933 (1969)
- Zinn, Howard. LaGuardia in Congress (1959) online edition
- Obituary, New York Times, September 21, 1947 La Guardia Is Dead; City Pays Homage To 3-Time Mayor
- La Guardia and Wagner Archives/Fiorello H. La Guardia Collection
- Tiziano Thomas Dossena, "Fiorello La Guardia" in Bridge Apulia USA, No.3 (Italy, 1998)
- 1919 passport photo, Fiorello LaGuardia
- WNYC Archives blogs featuring Mayor La Guardia