Green's career included his role in taking down the corrupt Tweed ring
, his supervision of the creation of Central Park, his saving of New York from bankruptcy, his renovation of the shabby state park at Niagara Falls, his key role in the negotiations that resulted in the creation of the New York Public Library, and, especially, his long and finally successful campaign to combine the five boroughs, then separate entities, into one great metropolis that would rival the famed cities of Europe.
Caption: Thomas Nast depicts the Tweed Ring
: "Who stole the people's money?" "Twas him."
The powerful cadre that surrounded Tweed was known as the "Tweed Ring
," and the extent of the corruption fostered by the Ring had never been seen in New York City.
A civic leader, as well as a lawyer whose railroad work brought him enormous personal wealth, Tilden had taken on the notorious Tweed Ring
that dominated New York City politics and had ridden that achievement into the New York governor's mansion in 1874.
The "Tweed Ring
," a group of politicians and allies, pocketed more than $30 million in public money at a time when most workers earned just $1 a day.
However, most historians, liberal or not, have not given the Tweed Ring
a free ride, and Gordon fails to acknowledge that the sta te legislature did defeat the most blatant attempts at controlling the securities market, such as the abortive effort to force the exchange to incorporate.
There were the whiskey distillers defrauding the government, the Credit Mobilier that involved the bribing of several congressmen, the Tweed Ring
, the shenanigans of Orville Babcock (Grant's private secretary), and the efforts of Jay Gould and James Fisk to corner the gold market (with the assistance of Abel R.
Fischer points out that Boss Tweed, whatever his defects, was the subject of a kind of satirical overkill that did little justice to the realities of any "Tweed ring
" and corruption in the New York government.
The Tweed Ring
is at the height of its power, its tentacles everywhere.
During the Civil War it strongly supported Lincoln and his policies, while after the war it fought the Tweed Ring
and Tammany in New York City.
A supplementary chapter on the Tweed Ring
in New York City caused the entire first edition to be suppressed.
They may recall the journalists of yesterday, honored for exposing the Credit Mobilier railroad financing scheme, the Tweed Ring
in New York, and the Teapot Dome oil scam.