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1928 Pineapple Primary in Chicago IL....



Item # 575515

April 10, 1928

THE DAY, New London, Connecticut, April 10, 1928

* Pineapple Primary in Chicago IL
* William Hale Thompson - Big Bill
* Gangster era elections - corruption

This 16 page newspaper has a three column headline on the front page: "Shooting, Kidnapping, Ballot Box Stuffed at Chicago Polls; Police Guard Rights of Voters" with subheads (see images).

This tells of the primary election in Gangster infested Chicago, Illinois at the height of government corruption there.

Other news of the day. Minor spine wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: The Pineapple Primary was the name given to a Republican primary election held in Chicago on April 10, 1928; more than 60 bombs were thrown during the campaign and at least two politicians were killed. The name derives from the slang use of "pineapple" to refer to a hand grenade.

On March 21, Giuseppe "Diamond Joe" Esposito, the 19th Ward committeeman, was shot and killed in front of his wife and daughter. The day after Esposito's funeral, Senator Charles S. Deneen's home was bombed. On the day of the primary, Octavius C. Grandy, a candidate for committeeman in the 20th ward, was chased in his car and killed.


William Hale Thompson (May 14, 1869 – March 19, 1944) was mayor of Chicago from 1915 to 1923 and again from 1927 to 1931. Known as "Big Bill",[1] Thompson was the last Republican to serve as Mayor of Chicago, and ranks among the most corrupt mayors in American history.

Category: The 20th Century

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