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Famous New Yorkers
New York People
"Many people contributed the greatness of New York and the world. In this quiz, you will be asked to identify some of the more famous Gothamites."
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Arguably the most important New Yorker of the 19th Century, this man was responsible for the development of the street grid plan of the city, as well as the creation of the Erie Canal. What is this famous New Yorker's name?
Martin Van Buren
This future president of the United States watched Abraham Lincoln's funeral cortege pass beneath the window of his bedroom. Who was it?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Martin Van Buren
This man was at one time Fiorello LaGuardia's right-hand man. Later, he would become a thorn in LaGuardia's (and many others') sides. Who is this man?
Although New Jersey born, this writer/wit made New York her home. Who is this famous author and member of the Algonquin Round Table who once said, "I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true."
Not all New Yorkers were famous for doing good things. This person, for example, bilked the city's treasury of millions of dollars during the Civil War era, and became the emblem of corrupt politics. Who was this one time member of the New York Senate and boss of Tammany Hall?
A. Oakley Hall
William M. Tweed
One of the most famous New Yorkers of the 20th century was Shirley Chisholm. What did she do to make her so famous?
All of these
She was the first African-American woman elected to Congress
She was the first African-American to make a bid for the Presidency
She was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus
When one thinks of 19th century America, the Wild Wild West always comes to mind. But one icon of the Wild Wild West was born in New York. Which of these legends was born on Manhattan island?
Billy the Kid
Born Emanuel Goldenberg, this actor was raised on the lower East Side, and went on to play a lot of tough guys in Hollywood films. By what name is Emanuel Goldenberg better known?
Edward G. Robinson
Although born in Boston, this woman became a powerful figure in New York politics and then U.S. politics. In 1926, she was appointed chairperson of the New York State Industrial Commission. In 1933, FDR appointed her Secretary of Labor, making her the first female cabinet member. Who is she?
Our last great New Yorker was one of its greatest governors and a favorite of the working class. In 1928, he became the first Irish-Catholic to win a major-party presidential nomination. Although he lost the election, he became the president of Empire State, Inc., the corporation which built and operated the Empire State Building. Who is this man?
Alfred "Al" Smith
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