Fiorello H. LaGuardia

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Fiorello Henry LaGuardia

Also Known As: "the Little Flower"
Birthplace: New York, New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, Bronx County, New York, United States
Cause of death: pancreatic cancer
Place of Burial: Bronx, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Achille LaGuardia and Irene Coen LaGuardia
Husband of Thea LaGuardia and Marie LaGuardia
Father of Fioretta Thea LaGuardia
Brother of Gemma Gluck

Managed by: Douglas Arthur Kellner
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Fiorello Henry LaGuardia, born Fiorello Enrico La Guardia was Mayor of New York for three terms from 1934 to 1945 as a liberal 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 greatest mayors in American history. Only five feet tall, he was called "the Little Flower" (Fiorello is Italian for "little flower"). NY Times obituary:

He had told friends--and many students of politics agreed with him--that he regarded as his greatest accomplishment an increase in efficiency and honesty in municipal government throughout the United States by force of the example of his administration in the nation's largest city.

Mr. La Guardia married twice. His first wife was Thea Almerigotti. After her death he married in 1929, Marie Fisher, who had been his secretary while he was a member of the House of Representatives. They adopted two children, Jean Marie, 18 years old and Eric, 15 (in September 1947).

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Fiorello H. LaGuardia's Timeline

December 11, 1882
New York, New York, New York, United States
March 8, 1919
Age 36
Age 37
Age 46
September 20, 1947
Age 64
New York, Bronx County, New York, United States
Bronx, NY, USA