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SILVER TONGtf ED ORATOR
OF TAMMANY HALL DIES
New York, Feb. 2. State
Senator Thomas F. Grady, "the
silver tongued orator o Tam
many Hall," died at his home here
His friends say he died of grief
and disappointment at being
"thrown down" by the Tammany
organization he had served so
long and faithfully.
While his party was in the min
ority at the upper house at Al
bany, Grady was acclaimed its
leader. But when Tammany tri
umphed and gained control of the
.Senate, he was deposed.
He has been on the decline ever
since. Some weeks ago he was
taken to a hospital. When the
physicians told him there was no
hope, he insisted on being taken
home to die.
The romance of Grady's life oc
curred in 1887 when he married
Flo Irwin, the actress. The mar
riage was secret, until one clay
New York read the following
advertisement in its morning pa
To ThoseWhom it May Concern:
Be is known that I am the
lawful wife of Thomas F.
Grady, Mrs. Thomas F Gra
dy, better known as Florence
The romance lasted until 1902.
Then Grady obtained a divorce.
Grady was born in New York
in 1853. On his graduation from
college he attracted the attention
.of John Kelly, then "boss" of
Tammany Hall. Kelly thought
Grady looked like good "mater
ial." He offered him a cadetsfilp
at West Point. Grady refused,
and began to study law.
Kelly got him into the corpor
ation counsel's office, and from
then on' his rise in politics
Tammany politics was rapid.
Only once did Grady bait the or
ganization. That was when Gro
ver Cleveland was governor of
New York, in 1887.
Grady was then a state senator.
He fought every measure backed
by Cleveland. Cleveland , sent
word to John Kelly that Grady
was "interfering with his per
sonal comfort" and that he want
ed him "kept home."
At the next election, prady was
"kept home." He bolted the or
ganization, won at a special elec
tion, was defeated at the regular
election, and then was made a city
magistrate by Mayor Grant, who
thought Grady had been made a
scapegoat. In 1896 he went back
to the Senate, and remained there
until his death.
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