A review of the Webster case. By a member of the New York Bar. Abraham Oakey Hall.

A review of the Webster case. By a member of the New York Bar

New York: J. S. Redfield, 1850. 8vo, pp. 30; removed from binding, wrappers wanting, else very good. McDade 1063: " ... a general attack on the prosecution, the court, and the handling of the defense" of one of the most sensational trials of the century, in which John W. Webster was accused of the murder of Dr. George Parkman in Boston. The author, "Elegant Oakey," was later District Attorney (1855-58; 1862-68) and Mayor of New York City (1868-71). He first came to prominence for the prosecution of Mrs. Cunningham for the murder of Dr. Burdell (1857). In his second stint as District Attorney he is said to have gotten more than 12,000 convictions and to have pocketed nearly as many indictments (DAB). Installed by Tammany, as Mayor [Hall] "acted as the mountebank of the "Tweed Ring," covering up ugly facts and unpleasant details by means of a ready wit, clever speeches, and debonair manners. His catering to the Irish and German voters won him the title "Mayor Von O'Hall"--(ibid.). Implicated with Tweed in 1871, accused of accepting fraudulent overpayments, Hall refused to resign as Mayor. He defended himself and won an acquittal after three trials. See also the entry in ANB Online. Item #58338

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