John P. Richardson,Tony Williams's Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation's PDF

By John P. Richardson,Tony Williams

ISBN-10: 0821422499

ISBN-13: 9780821422496

ISBN-10: 0821422502

ISBN-13: 9780821422502

With Alexander Robey Shepherd, John P. Richardson provides us the 1st full-length biography of his topic, who as Washington, D.C.’s, public works czar (1871–74) outfitted the infrastructure of the nation’s capital in a couple of frenetic years after the Civil conflict. the tale of Shepherd can be the tale of his native land after that cataclysm, which left the town with churned-up streets, stripped of its bushes, and exhausted.

An intrepid businessman, Shepherd grew to become president of Washington’s reduce condo of delegates at twenty-seven. Garrulous and politically astute, he used each lever to cajole Congress to achieve Peter L’Enfant’s imaginative and prescient for the capital. His tenure produced paved and graded streets, sewer platforms, bushes, and gaslights, and remodeled the fetid Washington Canal into one of many city’s such a lot stately avenues. After bankrupting the town, a chastened Shepherd left in 1880 to increase silver mines in western Mexico, the place he lived out his closing twenty-two years.

In Washington, Shepherd labored on the confluence of race, occasion, sector, and concrete improvement, in a microcosm of the U.S.. decided to be successful in any respect expenditures, he helped strength Congress to simply accept its accountability for upkeep of its stepchild, the nation’s capital city.

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