John Fitzpatrick (1844-1919) was a native of Vermont who came to New Orleans before his first birthday. Orphaned early in life, he entered politics at an young age and rose steadily in the ranks of the city's Democratic machine. He served as Criminal Sheriff and Administrator of Public Works prior to his election as Mayor in 1892. Following the end of his term of office in 1896, Fitzpatrick remained active in Democratic politics and served in several official capacities, including on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Public Library (he was instrumental in bringing about the formal establishment of the Library in 1896).
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