Friday, September 17, 2010

Paid the Cost to be the Boss

Green Wood Cemetery is a large urban cemetery in Southern Brooklyn. It very much reminds me of Crown Hill Cemetery in my home city of Indianapolis. Like Crown Hill, its very large and is the final resting place for many of the city's notable and infamous characters of history. I visited the site of one of Green Wood's most infamous residents indeed, William 'Boss' Tweed.

William "Boss" Tweed was a prominent New York politician and boss of NYC's Democratic Machine, Tammany Hall during the 1840's. His corruption antics raped millions from New York's treasury and eventually led him to die in prison, which included, but wasn't limited to things like graft, embezzlement, and bribes. I suppose others may disagree, but I believe other notable political machinists like Tom Pendergast or Richard J. Daley pale in comparison to the Boss' corruption. He is buried in Brooklyn's Green Wood Cemetery...

1 comment:

Dragan Fly said...

Hey Matt, you have a blog! I'll have to keep tabs here as well.

In time, I'll peruse more of your stream.