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  • THE IMMIGRANT POLITICIAN

    Price: $1,100.00

    Brian Morgan

    Original

    Year: 2015 Medium: Vinyl, Acrylic, India Ink on Board Size: 20" x 16"

    BMA1053

    Anton Cermak (1873-1933) was born in a two-room cottage in a mining village in Austria-Hungary and immigrated with his parents to the United States when he was one-year-old. Cermak grew up in Braidwood, moved to Chicago as a young man, and eventually settled in the Lawndale neighborhood. The self-made man became a precinct captain, an alderman in the early 1900s, and president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 1922. In 1931 he ran for mayor of Chicago against incumbent Big Bill Thompson. Cermak won against the popular Thompson, when the latter made fun of his ethnic name, inflaming the anger of immigrants throughout Chicago. Cermak would die two years later in 1933 when an assassins bullet meant for his good friend, president-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, hit Cermak instead.

    “The people of Chicago, shocked to learn that a bullet from the gun of a mental defective had struck the mayor of the city, could find some reason for pride in the utterance of Mr. Cermak when he said to Mr. Roosevelt, ‘I am glad it was me instead of you.’ The bullets were intended for the President elect. They did not reach him, and the country was spared a tragedy,” wrote the Chicago Tribune in 1933.

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