Jimmy Walker & Betty Compton, his wife Walker family photo

Jimmy Walker & Betty Compton, his wife

Taken at White House, Washington DC, District of Columbia USA on .

Former New York Mayor Jimmy Walker and Betty Compton (Mrs. Walker), leaving the White House in 1937. Evidently, there was speculation that President Roosevelt was trying to persuade Walker to run for ... show more

Former New York Mayor Jimmy Walker and Betty Compton (Mrs. Walker), leaving the White House in 1937. Evidently, there was speculation that President Roosevelt was trying to persuade Walker to run for Mayor again. Here is what he had to say about that: "I wouldn't accept the Democratic nomination for Mayor of New York City for anything."

He said that he did not talk politics with the president but discussed a Hudson River Bridge project - a $150,000,000 railroad freight project across the Hudson River at 57th Street combined with low-rent housing project along Ninth and Tenth Avenues.

Jimmy Walker was Mayor of New York City from 1926 to 1932. He was forced to resign because of a corruption scandal.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Harris and Ewing.

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