Jerome, William Travers

Anti-corruption NYC DA 1902-09, prosecuted Harry Thaw for Stanford White murder; cousin of Winston Churchill

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(1859-1934) New York lawyer and politician. Admitted to the bar 1884, commenced practice in New York City. Deputy Assistant District Attorney 1888-90 under John R. Fellows. He worked for the 1894-95 Lexow Committee, major New York State Senate probe into police corruption in New York City, the widest ranging of several such commissions empaneled in the 19th century, investigations initiated by pressure from reformer Charles H. Parkhurst. The collected testimony ran to over 10,000 pages and the resultant scandal played a major part in the defeat of Tammany Hall in the 1894 elections and the election of the reform administration of Mayor William L. Strong, his campaign managed by Jerome. In 1895, the Court of Special Sessions was re-organized, legislating out of office the 6 incumbent justices. On July 1, Jerome took office as one of the first 5 new justices of the re-organized court. New York County District Attorney 1902-09, elected on the Fusion ticket headed by Seth Low. As DA, he led a campaign against political corruption and crime, often led raids personally, notably one against the gambling house of Richard Canfield. Prosecuted Harry K. Thaw for the murder of Stanford White 1907 & 1908. Jennie Jerome was his first cousin, and her son, Sir Winston Churchill, was his first cousin once removed. Clipped Autograph Sentiment (“Yours truly”) Signed on 2 ¼ x 5 ½ slip

Condition: Very good, vertical center fold, slight edge bends
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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