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Anton Cermak
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    (May 9, 1873-March 6, 1933)
    Born in Kladno, Czech Republic
    Mayor of Chicago (1931-33)
    Shot by Giuseppe Zangara while making a public appearance with U.S. President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt in Miami (February 15, 1933)
    Died of the gunshot wound three weeks later in a Miami hospital at age 59
    His Irish political rivals in Chicago nicknamed him Pushcart Tony.
    In 1928, he ran as a Democrat for a seat in the U.S. Senate and lost.
    A major tax revolt hindered his effectiveness during his tenure as mayor.
    There is debate whether he or FDR was the intended target.
    Radio personality Walter Winchell implied he was the target as ordered by imprisoned crime boss Al Capone for not playing ball with Chicago mob members.
    Accounts vary as to whether he was shot in the lung or the stomach.
    His son-in-law was corrupt Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, Jr.
    He grew up in poverty and his family immigrated from Bohemia to the U.S. to seek a better life.
    When he ran for mayor, incumbent 'Big Bill' Thompson hurled ethnic slurs at him.
    His reply was, 'He doesn't like my name... it's true I didn't come over on the Mayflower, but I came over as soon as I could.'
    Ethnic voters (Poles, Czechs, Ukrainians, Jews & Italians) were tired of Chicago politics as usual and came out in numbers to vote for him.
    He persuaded the black voters to switch parties from Republican to Democrat, which was the start of the 'Democratic Machine' in Chicago.
    He was one of six people shot by Zangara and the only fatality.
    On his way to the hospital with FDR by his side, he was thought to have told him, 'I'm glad it was me instead of you.'
    A plaque with those words stands at the assassination site.
    After his death, 22nd Street on Chicago's West Side with a large Czech population, was renamed Cermak Road.

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