In cooperation with The Western Reserve Historical SocietyProduced shortly before his death in 1911 and long since out of print, provides a rare personal insight into the career and philosophy of one of the most prominent figures of the American progressive Era. Influenced by the single tax proposals of Henry George, Johnson gave up a prosperous business career to become a reform politician. He was elected first to the U.S. House of Representatives, then served as mayor of Cleveland from 1901 to 1909, instituting sweeping reforms. His championship of municipal ownership, professional management of city departments, and broad public involvement in government makes Johnsons mayoral administration one of the most celebrated in Clevelands history, as well as a focal point for scholars studying the Progressive Era.
John J. Grabowski is curator of manuscripts at The Western Reserve Historical Society and an adjunct assistant professor of history at Cleveland State University and Case Western reserve University.