Governor Alexander Robey Shepherd: Civic Leader and Builder of Washington
Washington, D.C. N.p., 2003. Very Good. Item #12073
Washington, D.C.: N.p., 2003. Octavo; 36pp. Side-stapled blue card wraps. Covers show faint creasing and light fading down spine. Bookplate with Rimensnyder's title and information affixed to inside front cover. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Brief biography of "Boss" Shepherd, who served on the DC Board of Public Works from 1871 to 1873 and was Territorial Governor of the District of Columbia from 1873 to 1874. Shepherd's municipal projects greatly expanded and modernized the city, earning him the nickname "The Father of Modern Washington," but also inevitably bankrupted the city, after which Congress abolished the territorial government and replaced it with direct congressional rule. While Shepherd's legacy has consequently been somewhat fraught, Rimensnyder argues his reputation should be restored for the contributions he made to the nation's capital.
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