The Man Who Rode the Tiger: The Life and Times of Judge Samuel Seabury

By Herbert Mitgang | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 18
Futile Dreamer, III: The Gubernatorial Nomination

IN the East Hampton Star, the local weekly newspaper whose quaintness was in keeping with the township of East Hampton, minor matters received major attention. At the end of January, 1934 --in the midst of such news items as the planting of another box hedge on Main Street by the Ladies' Village Improvement Society-- there appeared an unusual political letter to the editor concerning an important citizen of the community. It was pseudonymously signed "Mr. Con Fusion."

The letter noted that the "Hon. Samuel A. Seabury" (the paper still added the nonexistent middle initial) had proved his love of East Hampton, "his desire to make civic governments of the people, by the people and for the people, plus his ability to make shyster politicians run like rats from a sinking ship." This being the case, said "Mr. Con Fusion," it was "possible that one term of office by Judge Seabury would bring to the surface certain conditions which have needed airing. Take heed, citizens and taxpayers--draft Samuel Seabury for Mayor of East Hampton."

Judge Seabury, who less than two years before had hoped to be drafted as the Democratic presidential candidate, who had run for Governor of New York in 1916 and had turned down the Fusion

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