Commissioner Roosevelt by H. Paul Jeffers
The Story of Theodore Roosevelt and the New York City Police, 1895-1897

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"A lively, entertaining and well-researched portrait of a zealous reformer during the historic crusade that successfully launched his career in government."--Booklist

COMMISSIONER ROOSEVELT: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt and the New York City Police, 1895 - 1897

When Theodore Roosevelt took office as New York's police commissioner in 1895, the Metropolitan Police force was barely more than a confederation of thugs and petty criminals whose chief activity was to extort protection money from local merchants. The thirty-seven-year-old Roosevelt rode roughshod over the corrupt bosses and power brokers and transformed the police into one of the first modern law enforcement agencies in the world.

Combining the best elements of biography and social history, Commissioner Roosevelt reveals a fascinating episode from the life of one of America's most colorful cities, and one of her most charismatic leaders.
 

About H. Paul Jeffers

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H. PAUL JEFFERS is the author of over twenty books, both fiction and nonfiction, including Bloody Business: An Anecdotal History of Scotland Yard and Who Killed Precious? How FBI Agents Combine Psychology and High Technology to Identify Violent Criminals. He lives in New York City.
 
Published March 22, 1996 by Wiley. 293 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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There is a second hero to share the limelight: Jacob Riis, born in poverty--here playing a predictable pauper to Roosevelt's prince--whose newspaper exposÇs of social ills alert Roosevelt to the problems of the city's sordid underside.

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In 1884 Roosevelt shepherded seven bills through the New York Assembly designed to reform the NYC police department; his subsequent performance on the U.S. Civil Service Commission added to his reputa

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