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Abraham Oakey Hall

mayor , writer

Abraham Oakey Hall, American mayor, author. Member Tammany Hall, 1864. He was nicknamed "Elegant Oakey".

Background

Hall, Abraham Oakey was born on July 26, 1826 in Albany, New York, United States. Son of Morgan James and Elsie (Oakey) Hall.

Education

Bachelor, University City of New York, 1844, Master, 1847. Attended Harvard Law School, 1 year. Studied law under Charles W. Sanford, New York City, Thomas and John Slidell, New Orleans.

Career

Admitted to New Orleans bar, 1849, New York bar, 1851, also English bar. Assistant district attorney New York County, 1851, district attorney, 1855-1858, 62-68. Became member Tammany Hall, 1864.

Mayor New York City, 1868-1872, covered up for Tweed Ring while in office. Accused of being part of Tweed Ring, 1871, claimed innocence, but was indicted, brought to trial, 1872, gained acquittal. Director Manhattan Club, 1868-1871.

President Lotus Club, 1870-1873. City editor New York World, 1879-1882. London representative New York Herald, 1882-1887.

London representative New York Morning Journal, 1890-1891. Author: (works include) The Manhattaner in New Orleans or Phases of Crescent City Life, 1851. Sketches of Travel, 1859.

Ballads of Hans York, 1880.

Works

  • The Manhattaner in New Orleans or Phases of Crescent City Life, 1851

  • Sketches of Travel, 1859

  • Ballads of Hans York, 1880

  • Old Whitney’s Christmas Trot, 1857

  • All works

Membership

Member Tammany Hall, 1864.

  • New Orleans Bar Association , United States

    1849

  • New York State Bar Association , United States

    1851

  • English Bar Association , England

  • Tammany Hall , United States

    1864

Connections

father:
Morgan James

mother:
Elsie

Wife:
Katharine Louise