WANTED: BOSS TWEED
On November 19, 1873: William Marcy Tweed, the “boss” of Tammany Hall, was convicted on 204 of 250 counts of defrauding the City of $6,000,000 and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Tweed was the third-largest landowner in New York City and the boss behind the machine that was the Democratic Party.
On November 19, 1966: Celebrity chef and cookbook author Rocco DiSpirito was born in Jamaica, Queens. He is known for penning the bestselling book, The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to 5 Pounds in 5 Days.
A MIGHTY WOMAN WITH A TORCH
On November 19, 1887: New York native poet Emma Lazarus — best known for her 1883 sonnet “The New Colossus” whose lines appear on a bronze plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty — passed away in New York City. Her poem included the famous lines, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”