All are invited to join Joseph E. Fahey, author of James K. McGuire: Boy Mayor and Irish Nationalist in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room on Thursday, April 7th at 7:00 pm.
Described by Stephanie Miner, Syracuse mayor, as “a thoroughly enjoyable book offering a view of both Syracuse’s history and American history…,”this biography tells the story of a remarkable man who became the youngest mayor of a major city in the United States when, at age 26, he was elected to the first of three terms as mayor of Syracuse.
McGuire (1868-1923) was a self-educated, charismatic, gifted leader who overcame personal tragedy in childhood to become a reformer possessing a genius for politics. As such, he nearly derailed the rise of Theodore Roosevelt for the 1898 New York governorship and was instrumental in the candidacy for president of William Jennings Bryan.
Indicted twice during his life, he was investigated by Congress and the Department of Justice for his advocacy of Irish freedom. He befriended and aided Eamon de Valera and the Irish freedom fighters of that time, using his influence at the highest levels of the American government to further the cause of Ireland.
Fahey, McGuire’s great-nephew, is a criminal court judge in the New York State Court System and an adjunct professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law. He is a member of the American Conference of Irish Studies, the American Irish Historical Society, and the Irish American Cultural Institute.
For more information on Fahey’s “Boy Mayor” or other events at the Cazenovia Public Library, call 655-9322 or visit us on Facebook or our Website at www.cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.
For more information on his book visit Syracuse University Press’s website.