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John Vliet Lindsay was an American politician, broadcaster and lawyer.

InformationDetail
BirthdayNovember 24, 1921
Died onDecember 19, 2000
NationalityAmerican
FamousFormer Mayor of New York City, Politician, Democrats, Republicans, Yale University, Lawyers & Judges, Political Leaders
IdeologiesDemocrats, Republicans
SpousesMary Anne Harrison Lindsay
Known asMayor John V. Lindsay, Mayor John Lindsay, John V. Lindsay, John Vliet Lindsay
Childrens John Lindsay
Universities
  • Yale University
  • St. Paul's School
  • 1948 - Yale Law School
  • 1944 - Yale College
  • Yale University
Notable Alumnis
  • Yale University
Birth PlaceManhattan, New York City
ReligionProtestantism, Episcopal Church
GenderMale
FatherGeorge Nelson Lindsay
MotherFlorence Eleanor Vliet
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inManhattan, New York City
Famous asPolitician, Former Mayor of New York City
Died at Age79

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Who is John Lindsay?

John Vliet Lindsay was an American politician, broadcaster and lawyer. He was a congressman, mayor of New York City. He was tagged as ‘the red mayor’, ‘Commie rat’, ‘bum’ and ‘traitor’ by protestors during riots and strikes. He was a Republican who later switched sides to join the Democratic Party. Both his endeavours in bidding for the Democratic presidential nomination and the Democratic senator nomination were unsuccessful. John Vliet Lindsay was a regular broadcaster of ‘Good Morning America’ as guest host of the show. He was famous for his ‘ghetto walks’ as also his clashes with labour groups. He penned down his memoir ‘Journey Into Politics: Some Informal Observations’. His other writings include a non-fiction ‘The City’ and a novel ‘The Edge’. He appeared in Otto Preminger’s film ‘Rosebud’. He was considered one of the most controversial and visible urban leaders of that time.

// Famous Former Mayor of New York City

Childhood & Early Life

John Vliet Lindsay was born on November 24, 1921, in West End Avenue, New York, in a well to do family of George Nelson Lindsay and Florence Eleanor Vliet. His father was an investment banker and a lawyer.

He studied in ‘Buckley School’ and also in ‘St. Paul’s School’. In 1944, he completed his BA from ‘Yale University’.

After earning his bachelor’s degree, he joined the ‘United States Navy Reserve’ and rendered his service as a gunner during World War II. He became a lieutenant and earned five battle stars. He was discharged from service in 1946.

He earned his LLB from ‘Yale Law School’ in 1948 and after a year he returned to New York and joined the bar. He was appointed in the law firm ‘Webster Sheffield Fleischmann Hitchcock & Christie’. After four years he became a partner of the firm.

Career

He served the ‘Youth for Eisenhower’ club as one of its founders in 1951.

In 1952, he became the President of ‘New Young Republican’ club.

In 1955, he was appointed as executive assistant of attorney general Herbert Brownell in the justice department where he looked after civil liberty cases including the ‘Civil Rights Act’ of 1957.

In 1958, after winning the Republican primary, he was elected to Congress to represent ‘Silk Stocking’ district in Upper East Side, Manhattan.

He advocated for federal support of Medicare and education and favoured for setting up of ‘National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities’ and ‘Department of Urban Affairs’. As one of the prominent members of moderate and liberal group of Republicans, he gave his vote for the ‘Civil Rights Act’ of 1964.

In 1965, John Vliet Lindsay became the Republican Mayor of New York with the aid of the Liberal Party.

On January 1, 1966, his first day as mayor, the ‘Transport Workers Union of America’ called a transit strike across the city. He wanted to settle the terms of the strike along with other issues including increased welfare costs. In this pursuit, he lobbied for higher water rates for residents, new municipal income tax and a commuter tax for non-resident working public in the ‘New York State Legislature’.

In 1968, he decentralized three local schools giving them full autonomy. The move proved disastrous as many teachers working in Ocean Hill-Brownville were dismissed from schools that attempted decentralization. As a result the ‘Union Federation of Teachers’ called strike which was followed by protracted city-wide teacher’s strike that went on over seven months. Tingled with racial overtones, the incident initiated strain between Jews and blacks that prevailed for years.

A three day Broadway strike and a sanitation strike for nine days in 1968 left New York in a mess. The city was flooded in a sea of garbage. He later called this phase period as "the worst of my public life”.

He served the ‘Kerner Commission’, the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders.

On February 10, 1969, there were fourteen casualties and sixty-eight injuries in New York as the city was covered with fifteen inches of snow. Lindsay was criticised for his partial treatment towards Manhattan at the cost of other boroughs and was publicly booed. As a mayor he became infamous for his indifferent attitude towards the middle class and the poor.

In 1969, he lost the Republican mayoral primary to John J. Marchi, a state Senator. He then became a mayoral nominee of the ‘New York Liberal Party’ and won the election with a higher margin of votes compared to 1965.

On May 8, 1970, another riot erupted in New York when around two hundred construction workers, organised by ‘New York State AFL-CIO’ labour federation, attacked about a thousand students. The students from high school and college were protesting American invasion of Cambodia, Vietnam War and Kent State shootings. Although few investment analysts, bankers and attorneys of the area came out to protect the students, the police remained an onlooker.

The incident was followed by two more protests by thousands of workers on May 11 and May 16, 1970. While John Vliet Lindsay criticised the police, he was tagged as ‘traitor’ and ‘the red mayor’ by the protesters.

Lindsay set up the ‘Knapp Commission’ in April 1970 after Frank Serpico, a NYPD patrolman claimed in ‘The New York Times’ about widespread police corruption. While the preliminary reports of the commission were out by August 1972, its recommendations were issued on December 27 that year.

In 1971, he switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. In 1972 he was unsuccessful in bidding for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In his later life he returned to his legal profession and remained a regular guest host of ‘Good Morning America’ conducted by ‘ABC’.

In an attempt to come back in politics, he made an unsuccessful bid from New York for Democratic senator nomination in 1980.

He was the chairman of ‘Lincoln Center Theatre’ and a member of the board of ‘Association for a Better New York’.

His health started deteriorating and in 1988 he underwent open heart surgery. Without any health insurance his wealth eventually depleted with rising medical bills. In 1995, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani inducted him as special counsel to the New York City Commission for the United Nations for making him eligible to get municipal health insurance coverage.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Mary Anne Harrison on June 18, 1949. The couple had a son John and three daughters - Katharine, Margaret and Anne.

On December 19, 2000, he died in Hilton Head Island in South Carolina suffering from pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease.

Trivia

In 1998, a park in Brooklyn was named in his honour as ‘Lindsay Triangle’.

In 2000, a fellowship program in the ‘Yale Law School’ was named in his honour.

The East River Park was given his name in 2001 as a mark of honour.

The South Loop Drive in the Central Park of Manhattan was renamed after him in December 2013.

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John Lindsay biography timelines

  • // 24th Nov 1921
    John Vliet Lindsay was born on November 24, 1921, in West End Avenue, New York, in a well to do family of George Nelson Lindsay and Florence Eleanor Vliet. His father was an investment banker and a lawyer.
  • // 1944
    He studied in ‘Buckley School’ and also in ‘St. Paul’s School’. In 1944, he completed his BA from ‘Yale University’.
  • // 1946
    After earning his bachelor’s degree, he joined the ‘United States Navy Reserve’ and rendered his service as a gunner during World War II. He became a lieutenant and earned five battle stars. He was discharged from service in 1946.
  • // 1948
    He earned his LLB from ‘Yale Law School’ in 1948 and after a year he returned to New York and joined the bar. He was appointed in the law firm ‘Webster Sheffield Fleischmann Hitchcock & Christie’. After four years he became a partner of the firm.
  • // 18th Jun 1949
    He married Mary Anne Harrison on June 18, 1949. The couple had a son John and three daughters - Katharine, Margaret and Anne.
  • // 1951
    He served the ‘Youth for Eisenhower’ club as one of its founders in 1951.
  • // 1952
    In 1952, he became the President of ‘New Young Republican’ club.
  • // 1955 To 1957
    In 1955, he was appointed as executive assistant of attorney general Herbert Brownell in the justice department where he looked after civil liberty cases including the ‘Civil Rights Act’ of 1957.
  • // 1958
    In 1958, after winning the Republican primary, he was elected to Congress to represent ‘Silk Stocking’ district in Upper East Side, Manhattan.
  • // 1964
    He advocated for federal support of Medicare and education and favoured for setting up of ‘National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities’ and ‘Department of Urban Affairs’. As one of the prominent members of moderate and liberal group of Republicans, he gave his vote for the ‘Civil Rights Act’ of 1964.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, John Vliet Lindsay became the Republican Mayor of New York with the aid of the Liberal Party.
  • // 1965 To 1969
    In 1969, he lost the Republican mayoral primary to John J. Marchi, a state Senator. He then became a mayoral nominee of the ‘New York Liberal Party’ and won the election with a higher margin of votes compared to 1965.
  • // 1st Jan 1966
    On January 1, 1966, his first day as mayor, the ‘Transport Workers Union of America’ called a transit strike across the city. He wanted to settle the terms of the strike along with other issues including increased welfare costs. In this pursuit, he lobbied for higher water rates for residents, new municipal income tax and a commuter tax for non-resident working public in the ‘New York State Legislature’.
  • // 1968
    In 1968, he decentralized three local schools giving them full autonomy. The move proved disastrous as many teachers working in Ocean Hill-Brownville were dismissed from schools that attempted decentralization. As a result the ‘Union Federation of Teachers’ called strike which was followed by protracted city-wide teacher’s strike that went on over seven months. Tingled with racial overtones, the incident initiated strain between Jews and blacks that prevailed for years.
  • // 1968
    A three day Broadway strike and a sanitation strike for nine days in 1968 left New York in a mess. The city was flooded in a sea of garbage. He later called this phase period as "the worst of my public life”.
  • // 10th Feb 1969
    On February 10, 1969, there were fourteen casualties and sixty-eight injuries in New York as the city was covered with fifteen inches of snow. Lindsay was criticised for his partial treatment towards Manhattan at the cost of other boroughs and was publicly booed. As a mayor he became infamous for his indifferent attitude towards the middle class and the poor.
  • // Apr 1970 To Aug 1972
    Lindsay set up the ‘Knapp Commission’ in April 1970 after Frank Serpico, a NYPD patrolman claimed in ‘The New York Times’ about widespread police corruption. While the preliminary reports of the commission were out by August 1972, its recommendations were issued on December 27 that year.
  • // 8th May 1970
    On May 8, 1970, another riot erupted in New York when around two hundred construction workers, organised by ‘New York State AFL-CIO’ labour federation, attacked about a thousand students. The students from high school and college were protesting American invasion of Cambodia, Vietnam War and Kent State shootings. Although few investment analysts, bankers and attorneys of the area came out to protect the students, the police remained an onlooker.
  • // 16th May 1970
    The incident was followed by two more protests by thousands of workers on May 11 and May 16, 1970. While John Vliet Lindsay criticised the police, he was tagged as ‘traitor’ and ‘the red mayor’ by the protesters.
  • // 1971 To 1972
    In 1971, he switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. In 1972 he was unsuccessful in bidding for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • // 1980
    In an attempt to come back in politics, he made an unsuccessful bid from New York for Democratic senator nomination in 1980.
  • // 1988 To 1995
    His health started deteriorating and in 1988 he underwent open heart surgery. Without any health insurance his wealth eventually depleted with rising medical bills. In 1995, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani inducted him as special counsel to the New York City Commission for the United Nations for making him eligible to get municipal health insurance coverage.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, a park in Brooklyn was named in his honour as ‘Lindsay Triangle’.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, a fellowship program in the ‘Yale Law School’ was named in his honour.
  • // 19th Dec 2000
    On December 19, 2000, he died in Hilton Head Island in South Carolina suffering from pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease.
  • // 2001
    The East River Park was given his name in 2001 as a mark of honour.
  • // Dec 2013
    The South Loop Drive in the Central Park of Manhattan was renamed after him in December 2013.

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John Lindsay's FAQ

  • What is John Lindsay birthday?

    John Lindsay was born at 1921-11-24

  • When was John Lindsay died?

    John Lindsay was died at 2000-12-19

  • Where was John Lindsay died?

    John Lindsay was died in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

  • Which age was John Lindsay died?

    John Lindsay was died at age 79

  • Where is John Lindsay's birth place?

    John Lindsay was born in Manhattan, New York City

  • What is John Lindsay nationalities?

    John Lindsay's nationalities is American

  • What is John Lindsay ideologies?

    John Lindsay's ideologies is Democrats, Republicans

  • Who is John Lindsay spouses?

    John Lindsay's spouses is Mary Anne Harrison Lindsay

  • Who is John Lindsay childrens?

    John Lindsay's childrens is John Lindsay

  • What was John Lindsay universities?

    John Lindsay studied at Yale University, St. Paul's School, 1948 - Yale Law School, 1944 - Yale College, Yale University

  • What was John Lindsay notable alumnis?

    John Lindsay's notable alumnis is Yale University

  • What is John Lindsay's religion?

    John Lindsay's religion is Protestantism, Episcopal Church

  • Who is John Lindsay's father?

    John Lindsay's father is George Nelson Lindsay

  • Who is John Lindsay's mother?

    John Lindsay's mother is Florence Eleanor Vliet

  • What is John Lindsay's sun sign?

    John Lindsay is Sagittarius

  • How famous is John Lindsay?

    John Lindsay is famouse as Politician, Former Mayor of New York City