OURTROOM WARRIOR: The Combative Career of William Travers Jerome by Richard Connor

OURTROOM WARRIOR: The Combative Career of William Travers Jerome

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As two-term, two-fisted District Attorney of the world's mightiest metropolis during that boisterous period known as the ""turn of the century,"" Travers erome stood in the glare of an overlapping spotlight in his ""effort to make municipal politics respectable and respectable people more political."" He was involved in some of the most spectacular legal wrangles of the era, working up successful cases against the Ice Trust, the notorious attorney Abe Hummel, Dick Canfield (the Prince of Gamblers""), Col. Mann and his Town Topics, and sundry leaders of vice and corruption in Tammany-protected resorts in the Tenderloin and the Bowery. Although he failed to obtain a conviction in the Nan Patterson ""murder in a hansom cab,"" it was he who bore the brunt of two trials which finally put Stanford White's murderer into a hospital for the criminally insane, and he was to pursue the case's aftermath for nearly a decade both in office and out. The tide of public sympathy and newspaper adoration only began to run against him when observers failed to note that ersome had very little statutory armament for the battle against the insurance ackets and the Metropolitan Street Railway. O'Connor study of Jerome is far more than just the biography of one man, intrepid and indomitable as that man may have been; it is a cogent and effective portrait of an epoch the likes of which may never be seen again.

Pub Date: March 26th, 1963
Publisher: Little, Brown