Assassination attempt on the Mayor of New York City.
William Jay Gaynor took office as Mayor of New York City on January 1, 1910. Initially backed by Tammany Hall, the relationship between the Mayor and the political machine soured when Gaynor began filling government posts based on merit rather than political patronage.
Soon after taking office, Mayor Gaynor was on board a ship berthed in Hoboken, NJ that was to take him on a vacation. As Gaynor walked the deck, talking to an aide, a disgruntled longshoreman approached from behind, placed a revolver on the Mayor’s neck and fired. A photographer caught the scene a moment later as the Mayor staggered with the help of the aide.
Mayor Gaynor survived the attack and returned to work two months later. However, the bullet remained lodged in his throat defying doctors’ attempts to remove it. Tammany Hall swore it had nothing to do with the attempt on the Mayor’s life.
Three years later, on September 10, 1910, Mayor Gaynor succumbed to his wound and died suddenly while on vacation in Upstate New York.