New PDF release: Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation's

By John P. Richardson,Tony Williams

With Alexander Robey Shepherd, John P. Richardson offers 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 number of frenetic years after the Civil battle. the tale of Shepherd can also be the tale of his homeland after that cataclysm, which left town with churned-up streets, stripped of its bushes, and exhausted.

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

In Washington, Shepherd labored on the confluence of race, celebration, area, and concrete improvement, in a microcosm of the USA. decided to prevail in any respect charges, he helped strength Congress to simply accept its accountability for upkeep of its stepchild, the nation’s capital city.

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