la guardia, fiorello

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La Guardia, Fiorello [(fee-uh-rel-oh luh gwahr-dee-uh)]

A political leader of the twentieth century. A beloved mayor of New York City in the 1930s and 1940s, La Guardia worked to free the city of corruption and began a great number of construction projects. La Guardia was called the “Little Flower” (fiorello is Italian for “little flower”).

Note: La Guardia is especially remembered for reading the comic strips from out-of-town newspapers over the radio during a newspaper strike in New York.
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