New PDF release: Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation's

By John P. Richardson,Tony Williams

With Alexander Robey Shepherd, John P. Richardson provides us the 1st full-length biography of his topic, who as Washington, D.C.’s, public works czar (1871–74) outfitted the infrastructure of the nation’s capital in a number of frenetic years after the Civil warfare. the tale of Shepherd is usually the tale of his native land after that cataclysm, which left the town with churned-up streets, stripped of its timber, and exhausted.

An intrepid businessman, Shepherd turned president of Washington’s decrease residence of delegates at twenty-seven. Garrulous and politically astute, he used each lever to cajole Congress to achieve Peter L’Enfant’s imaginative and prescient for the capital. His tenure produced paved and graded streets, sewer structures, bushes, and gaslights, and reworked the fetid Washington Canal into one of many city’s such a lot stately avenues. After bankrupting town, a chastened Shepherd left in 1880 to strengthen silver mines in western Mexico, the place he lived out his last twenty-two years.

In Washington, Shepherd labored on the confluence of race, social gathering, area, and concrete improvement, in a microcosm of the us. made up our minds to be triumphant in any respect expenditures, he helped strength Congress to just accept its accountability for upkeep of its stepchild, the nation’s capital city.

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