1925 December 19

NYC Mayor-Elect Says “No Politics” in the Public Schools


New York City Mayor-elect Jimmy Walker declared on this day that he would keep partisan politics out of the city school system. “I am a partisan in politics,” he explained, “[but] I will not bring my party as a party into the Department of Education.”

The colorful Mayor Walker, whose administration finally ended in scandal, was a fierce advocate of religious toleration, speaking out against attacks on Catholics (see October 6, 1928), and also an opponent of censorship of books and movies (see March 13, 1927). He is perhaps most famous for his statement that he had never heard of a woman being “ruined” by a book.

Watch a video about Mayor Jimmy Walker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjuYrlf0blE

Watch a video of a “Beer Parade” demanding an end to Prohibition by New York City Mayor Jimmy Walkerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXyldRD9WcU

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