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Frank Hague

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Political boss, born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. Initially running as a reformer, he was a Democratic Jersey City commissioner (1913–17) who created a political machine that allowed him to serve a lengthy term as mayor (1917–47). Despite charges of corruption, he controlled New Jersey Democrats, handpicking governors from 1919 to 1941, and also served as vice-chairman of the National Democratic Party (1924–52). Constitutional reforms ended his control of state elections and dissatisfied voters rejected his mayoral successor in 1947.

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