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Abraham Oakey Hall

mayor , writer

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


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


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.


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.


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    • 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

    • Horace Greeley Decently Dissected, 1862

    • The Congressman’s Christmas Dreams and the Lobby Member’s Happy New Year: A Holiday Sketch, 1870


Member Tammany Hall, 1864.

  • New Orleans Bar Association , United States


  • New York State Bar Association , United States


  • English Bar Association , England

  • Tammany Hall , United States



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