John Lindsay

Mayor of New York City
Born Nov 24, 1921

John Vliet Lindsay was an American politician, lawyer and broadcaster who was a U.S. Congressman, Mayor of New York City, candidate for U.S. President and regular guest host of Good Morning America. During his political career, he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1959 to 1965 and as mayor of New York City from 1966 to 1973.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on November 24, 1921.


1943 21 Years Old With the outbreak of World War II, Lindsay completed his studies early and in 1943 joined the United States Navy as a gunnery officer. … Read More
1948 26 Years Old After the war, he spent a few months as a ski bum and a couple of months training as a bank clerk before returning to New Haven, where he received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1948, ahead of schedule.
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In 1949, he began his legal career at the law firm of Webster, Sheffield, Fleischmann, Hitchcock & Chrystie. … Read More
1951 29 Years Old Lindsay began gravitating toward politics as one of the founders of the Youth for Eisenhower club in 1951 and as president of the New York Young Republican club in 1952.


1955 33 Years Old He went on to join the United States Department of Justice in 1955 as executive assistant to Attorney General Herbert Brownell.
1957 35 Years Old There he worked on civil liberties cases as well as the 1957 Civil Rights Act.
1958 36 Years Old In 1958, with the backing of Brownell as well as Bruce Barton, John Aspinwall Roosevelt, and Mrs. Wendell Willkie, Lindsay won the Republican primary and went on to be elected to Congress as the representative of the "Silk Stocking" district, Manhattan's Upper East Side. … Read More
1959 37 Years Old During his political career, he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from January 1959 to December 1965 and as mayor of New York City from January 1966 to December 1973.


1964 42 Years Old He was a leading member of a group of liberal and moderate Republicans in the House who voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. … Read More
1965 43 Years Old In 1965, Lindsay was elected Mayor of New York City as a Republican with the support of the Liberal Party of New York in a three-way race. … Read More
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On his first day as mayor, January 1, 1966, the Transport Workers Union of America, led by Mike Quill shut down the city with a complete halt of subway and bus service. … Read More
1967 45 Years Old Lindsay served on the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission. This body was established in 1967 by President Johnson after riots in urban centers of the US, including Newark and Detroit. … Read More
President Lyndon B. Johnson ignored the report and rejected the Kerner Commission's recommendations. In April 1968, one month after the release of the Kerner report, rioting broke out in more than 100 cities following the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. However, in New York City, Lindsay traveled directly into Harlem, telling black residents that he regretted King's death and was working against poverty. … Read More
1969 47 Years Old In 1969, a backlash against Lindsay caused him to lose the Republican mayoral primary to state Senator John J. Marchi, who was enthusiastically supported by William F. Buckley and the party conservatives. … Read More
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He switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party in 1971, and launched a brief and unsuccessful bid for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination as well as the 1980 Democratic nomination for Senator from New York.


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Lindsay then launched a brief and unsuccessful bid for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. … Read More
1973 51 Years Old An alternate assessment was made by journalist Robert McFadden who said that "By 1973, his last year in office, Mr. Lindsay had become a more seasoned, pragmatic mayor." … Read More
1975 53 Years Old After leaving office, Lindsay returned to the law, but remained in the public eye as a commentator and regular guest host for ABC's Good Morning America. In 1975, Lindsay made a surprise appearance on The Tony Awards telecast in which he, along with a troupe of celebrity male suitors in tuxedos, sang "Mame" to Angela Lansbury. … Read More
1980 58 Years Old Attempting a political comeback in 1980, Lindsay made a long-shot bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator from New York, and finished third. … Read More


1996 74 Years Old Medical bills from his Parkinson's disease, heart attacks, and stroke depleted Lindsay's finances, and he found himself without health insurance. In 1996, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani appointed the former Mayor to two largely ceremonial posts to make him eligible for municipal health insurance coverage.
1999 77 Years Old He and his wife Mary moved to a retirement community in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in November 1999, where he died the next year on December 19, 2000 at the age of seventy-nine of complications from pneumonia and Parkinson's disease.
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In 2000, Yale Law School created a fellowship program named in Lindsay's honor. … Read More
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