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George Brinton McClellan, Jr.

McClellan, George Brinton, Jr., 1865–1940, American politician and educator, b. Dresden, Saxony, Germany; son of Gen. George B. McClellan. He studied law and joined (1889) Tammany Hall, becoming one of its most prominent orators. He was president of the board of aldermen of New York City (1893–94), served as a Democrat in Congress (1895–1903), and was mayor of New York (1903–9). While serving as mayor, he broke with Tammany boss Charles Murphy over patronage, thereby ending his political career. Afterward he taught at Princeton, where he was professor of economic history from 1912 to his retirement in 1931. McClellan, an authority on Venetian history, wrote Venice and Bonaparte (1931) and Modern Italy (1933).

See his autobiography, The Gentleman and the Tiger (ed. by H. Syrett, 1956).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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