Boss Rule in the Gilded Age: Matt Quay of Pennsylvania [Paperback]

James A. Kehl (Author)

ISBN: 9780822984832 | Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press | Year of Publication: 1981 | Language: English 316p, H230 x W150 (mm)

Boss Rule in the Gilded Age


Matt Quay was called \u201cthe ablest politician this country has ever produced.\u201d He served as a United States senator representing Pennsylvania from 1887 to 1904. His career as a Republican Party boss, however, spanned nearly half a century, during which numerous governors and one president owed their election success to his political skills. James A. Kehl was given the first public access to Quay's own papers, and herein presents the inside story of this controversial man who was considered a political Robin Hood for his alleged bribe-taking, misappropriations of funds, and concern for the underprivileged-yet he emerged as the most powerful member of the Republican Party in his state.

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