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date: 20 October 2019

Lindsay, John Vlietlocked

(24 November 1921–19 December 2000)
  • Nicol C. Rae


Lindsay, John Vliet (24 November 1921–19 December 2000), U.S. representative and mayor of New York City, was born in Manhattan, the son of George Nelson Lindsay, an investment banker, and Florence Eleanor Vliet. Lindsay's father, the son of an immigrant English brick manufacturer, rose to the chairmanship of American Suisse Corporation (a subsidiary of Credit Suisse). His mother was a Wellesley graduate. Lindsay attended the Buckley School for boys in Manhattan and went to prep school at Saint Paul's in Concord, New Hampshire. He graduated in 1940 and entered Yale University that same year. He graduated from Yale with a B.A. in history in 1943. During World War II, Lindsay served in the U.S. Navy in Sicily and the Pacific, leaving with the rank of lieutenant in 1946. He then attended Yale Law School. After graduating in 1948, Lindsay joined the New York law firm of Webster, Sheffield, Fleischmann, Hitchcock, and Chrystie. In 1949 he married Mary Harrison; the couple had four children. Like many other northeastern, white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs), Lindsay gravitated toward progressive Republican, reformist politics. In 1951 he helped found Youth for Eisenhower, and in 1955 he joined the Justice Department as Attorney General ...

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