A case study in US urban leadership: the incumbency of Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier
Mayor Henry Maier is not a simple person to describe or understand. He was a larger than life political figure who made himself into a political institution. Few could remain neutral in evaluating his personality, political style or performance. Maier had strong supporters as well as those he disliked intensely and who detested him as strongly. He was called a great figure in 20th century Milwaukee, a senior liberal urban statesman, a master politician. But others saw him as unpredictable, unbalanced and goofy, a thorn in the side of politicians and journalists. In April 1988, he ended his tenure as the nation's longest serving big city mayor, after a record 28 years. He had been president of the National League of Cities and the US Conference of Mayors. Maier was mentioned for Vice President and the Cabinet. He was a skilled parliamentarian and maker of elaborate plans but his critics faulted him for not taking risks and for constantly feuding with local, state and national leaders.
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