William (Bill) O’Dwyer

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Bill O'Dwyer (18901964) was the 100th Mayor of New York City, holding that office from 1946 to 1950. Shortly after his re-election to the mayoralty in 1949, O'Dwyer was confronted with a police corruption scandal uncovered by the Kings County District Attorney, Miles McDonald. O'Dwyer resigned from office on 31 August 1950. President Harry Truman appointed him U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. He returned to New York City in 1951 to answer questions concerning his association with organized crime figures and the accusations followed him for the rest of his life. He resigned as Ambassador on December 6, 1952, but remained in Mexico until 1960. O'Dwyer's brother Paul O'Dwyer was also a New York City politician, and served as the then-city-wide elected position of City Council President from 1974 through 1977.

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