Main Menu | Hudson County Facts | Jersey City Stories | Jersey City Politics | New Jersey Mafia | E-mail This Page

Frank Hague
Mayor of Jersey City

Copyright 2005
By Anthony Olszewski

More on Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague
I am the Law!
Two boys both under sixteen . . . were apprehended by the authorities for truancy. The Mayor happened to be in one of his police-station hideouts when they were brought in. The boys told him that they preferred jail to school; so he took up their case with Doctor Hopkins, suggesting that jobs be found for them. Doctor Hopkins said that it could not be done because of the New Jersey Working Papers Law. Then the Mayor said to him: `Listen, here is the law! I am the law! These boys go to work!'
The Boss by David Dayton McKean
Frank Hague was Mayor of Jersey City from May 15, 1917 until his retirement on June 17, 1947. His name is synonymous with that early 20th century urban American blend of political favoritism and social welfare known as bossism.

It's generally conceded that Hague's influence was a factor in the election of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Mayor Hague and President Roosevelt
Many of Frank Hague's activities were, in a narrow sense, not illegal, for no relevant laws were then in place. Hague ruled during an era of massive social upheaval: unrestrained capitalism, violent labor movements, economic depression, and world war. Organized crime grew ever more powerful. Foreign -isms attempted to gain American support. The social safety net basically did not exist. During this period Jersey City was relatively calm.

Mayor Hague retired in 1947. His nephew, Frank Hague Eggers, succeeded him as Mayor of Jersey City. The public generally saw this "coronation" as a ruse that enabled Hague to retain power while at the same time limiting his exposure to the many irritations – both major and minor – of day-to-day operations.

Frank Hague's second in command, John V. Kenny, opposed Egger's intallation by organizing a broad-based coalition. After a heated election, John V. Kenny became Mayor of Jersey City in 1949. John V. Kenny replaced the self-limiting and chauvinistic corruption practiced by Hague with a political machine of unprecedented venality and rapacity. Kenny's political system retained power until dislodged through a series of Federal convictions in 1972.

Frank Hague ruled for more than thirty years.
On June 17, 1947, he turned the reins of power over to his nephew, Frank Eggers.

Online Video: Thomas Fleming Speaks About the Rise and Rule of Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague

Hudson County Politics

Hudson County Facts  by Anthony Olszewski
Hudson County, New Jersey is a place of many firsts - including genocide and slavery.
Political corruption is a tradition here.
First issue in a series by Anthony Olszewski
Click HERE to find out more.

Advertiser and Distributor
Inquiries Welcome

Second Thief, Best Thief - The Tunnel Bar by Anthony Olszewski  Stories from a Jersey City Tavern

GRAVE ROBBER Jersey City Computer Repair
297 Griffith Street, Jersey City, NJ - In the Heights just off of Kennedy Blvd. - Very close to Journal Square and Union City, just five minutes away from Hoboken, Downtown Jersey City, Newport, and the Waterfront - Tech support for The Jersey City Mayor's Office suring the administration of Bret Schundler - PC repair - upgrade, hardware install, software install, data recovery, spyware removal, virus removal, replace hard drive

Jersey City Garden Post Card (196 Ogden Ave., original, not mailed) – $5.00
Mail your check to Anthony Olszewski, 297 Griffith Steet, Jersey City, N.J., 07307
To pay by PayPal, e-mail

The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and The Central Railroad Terminal
Visit Liberty State Park!

Questions? Need more information?

About the images at the Jersey City History Web Site