Jimmy Walker

Born Jun 19, 1881

James John Walker, often known as Jimmy Walker and colloquially as Beau James, was the mayor of New York City from 1926 to 1932. During a corruption scandal he was forced to resign.

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1881 Birth Born on June 19, 1881.


1904 23 Years Old Walker was not the best of students and dropped out of college before eventually graduating from New York Law School in 1904. … Read More
1909 28 Years Old Walker at first decided that he would rather write songs and be involved in the music industry but he eventually entered politics in 1909 and subsequently passed the bar exam in 1912.
1910 29 Years Old Walker was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 5th D.) in 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913 and 1914.


1915 34 Years Old He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1915 to 1925, sitting in the 138th, 139th, 140th, 141st (all four 13th D.), 142nd, 143rd, 144th, 145th, 146th, 147th and 148th New York State Legislatures (all seven 12th D.); and was Minority Leader from 1920 to 1922; Temporary President of the State Senate from 1923 to 1924; and Minority Leader again in 1925. … Read More


1925 44 Years Old Beginning with the 1925 Democratic primary for mayor, Walker knew that to ultimately win the mayoral election he had to defeat the mayor, John Francis Hylan. … Read More
1926 45 Years Old After his years in the Senate, Walker set his sights on the 1926 election for Mayor of New York.
1927 46 Years Old Walker was a clothes horse: his valet packed 43 suits for his trip to Europe in August 1927. … Read More
1929 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Walker was re-elected by an overwhelming margin in 1929, defeating Republican Fiorello La Guardia and Socialist Norman Thomas.


1932 51 Years Old …  Walker agreed and resigned on September 1, 1932. … Read More
1935 54 Years Old The 1935 novel It Can't Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis, lists the exiles in Paris as "Jimmy Walker, and a few ex-presidents from South America and Cuba". … Read More


1945 64 Years Old Walker is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and was given the Edward J. Neil Trophy in 1945 for his service to the sport. … Read More
1946 65 Years Old Died on November 18, 1946.
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