Civic Leaders

RALPH BUNCHE (1904-1971)

Bunche received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950, the first African American so honored. He was involved in the formation of the United Nations and received the Medal of Freedom in 1963.


HENRY BRUCKNER (1871-1942)

United States Representative from New York and namesake of the Bruckner Expressway.  From 1918 to 1934, he served as Bronx Borough President.



Catt was the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and founded the League of Women Voters. Her campaign for women’s rights led to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1920.




The hero of the Civil War battle of Mobile Bay, Farragut was the first full admiral of the United States Navy. He is remembered for the battle cry “Damn the torpedoes!”




A prolific author, Grinnell was an important and respected leader in the American conservation movement.  Grinnell became a champion of laws intended to protect wildlife from hunters and sportsmen.



LOUIS F. HAFFEN (1854-1935)

Haffen, popularly known as the “father of the Bronx,” was the first New York City borough’s first president. He was the son of a German brewer and is credited for having the vision to develop the Grand Concourse.




Hughes served as the thirty-sixth governor of New York, United States Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the United States. Hughes was the Republican candidate for president in 1916, losing the election to Woodrow Wilson.




An American businessman and philanthropist, born at sea as his parents were immigrating to the United States from France. Making a successful career in New York City, he bequeathed much of his estate for the advancement of musical education and opera production in the United States.




Nicknamed “the little flower” (the English translation of his first name), LaGuardia served as the mayor of New York during the Great Depression and World War II. New York’s airport is named in his honor.




U.S. Army scout, lawman, and professional gambler.  He was popular throughout the country as a sports writer and a journalist, and his reputation is vividly remembered today



JOSEPH McCULLAGH (1845-1917)

McCullagh rose through the ranks of the New York City Police Department to become its first chief of police, overseeing all five boroughs. After serving a year in the position, he moved on to supervise security in Cuba following the Spanish American War.



ROBERT MOSES (1888-1981)

Known as New York’s “master builder,” Moses was responsible for the construction of many of the highways, bridges and parks that connect the five boroughs. He built expressways that accommodated increasing automobile traffic and developed the sites of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.




Stanton was a leading figure of the early women’s rights movement, conducting the first convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. She wrote many of Susan B. Anthony’s speeches, and her published articles served as the voice of the movement.