Little Flower 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|
|Occupation:||Mayor of New York|
|Managed by:||Douglas Arthur Kellner|
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About Fiorello H. LaGuardia
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").
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).