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Burke, Thomas A., 1898-1971

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    • Thomas Aloysius
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    • found: America's town meeting of the air. Radio tributes to F.D.R, 1945:notes compiled by Recording Laboratory, Library of Congress (Mayor Thomas A. Burke, Cleveland)
    • found: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, via WWW, July 19, 2013(Burke, Thomas A. (1898-1971); a Senator from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, October 30, 1898; graduated from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass., in 1920, and Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1923; during the First World War served in the United States Army; admitted to the bar in 1923 and commenced practice in Cleveland, Ohio; assistant prosecutor of Cuyahoga County, 1930-1936; special counsel to the Ohio attorney general in 1937; director of law for the city of Cleveland, 1942-1945; mayor of Cleveland, 1945-1953; president of the National Conference of Mayors in 1953; appointed on October 12, 1953 as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert A. Taft and served from November 10, 1953, to December 2, 1954; unsuccessful candidate for election to the vacancy in 1954; resumed the practice of law; died in Cleveland, Ohio, December 5, 1971)
    • found: The Encyclopedia of Celveland History, via WWW, July 19, 2013(Burke, Thomas A. (Aloysius) (30 Oct. 1898-5 Dec. 1971); served as Cleveland law director and mayor; born in Cleveland to Thomas A. and Lillian McNeil Burke, he received his B.A. from Holy Cross College (1920), and his LL.B. from Western Reserve University School of Law (1923); he was assistant county prosecutor from 1930-1936; and in 1937, the state attorney general appointed him special counsel to prosecute vote fraud; Burke became Cleveland law director under Mayor Frank Lausche in 1941, and mayor when Lausche became governor in 1945; as an independent Democrat, Burke was elected mayor in 1945 and served 4 terms; during his administration, he presided over a large capital-improvement program, including a lakefront airport built on landfill, the first downtown airport in the country; he campaigned for a charter amendment passed in 1951 giving the mayor power to appoint and dismiss the police chief, and helped establish a free municipal parking lot adjacent to the shoreway; when U.S. Sen. Robt. Taft died in 1953, Gov. Lausche appointed Burke to fill Taft's Senate seat; in the 1954 election Burke lost his bid for the seat to Congressman Geo. H. Bender; he retired from politics but continued practicing law as senior partner in the law firm Burke, Haber & Berwick)
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