Chicago's Mayor Dies for Roosevelt

Anton Cermak, who created Chicago's Democratic machine, is shot while talking with the president-elect. Cermak died within a month.

 

Two notable immigrants stood in the crowd when President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt emerged from a yacht in Miami on this date after a fishing trip in the Bahamas.One was Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak, a Bohemian-born politician who was the master builder of the city's Democratic Party.

 

The other was Giuseppe Zangara, an Italian immigrant with a ferocious hatred for politicians and their governments.

 

After a short speech, Roosevelt sat atop the back seat of a convertible and motioned Cermak to his side.

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