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

By John P. Richardson,Tony Williams

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) equipped the infrastructure of the nation’s capital in a number of frenetic years after the Civil conflict. the tale of Shepherd is usually the tale of his fatherland 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 decrease 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 advance silver mines in western Mexico, the place he lived out his closing twenty-two years.

In Washington, Shepherd labored on the confluence of race, celebration, zone, and concrete improvement, in a microcosm of the us. made up our minds to prevail in any respect bills, he helped strength Congress to just accept its accountability for upkeep of its stepchild, the nation’s capital city.

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