Mayor John V. Lindsay

John V. Lindsay was the Mayor of New York City from 1966 to 1973.

John Vliet Lindsay was born November 24, 1921, in New York City. Lindsay received a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University in 1944 before joining the Navy at the tail end of World War II. Upon returning from service, Lindsay went back to Yale, receiving his Legum Baccalaureus in 1948. He began practicing law in New York City in 1949. He also married his wife Mary Ann Lindsay (née Harrison) that year, with whom he would raise 4 children.

Though he had been a member of the Young Republicans and an ardent supporter of Dwight Eisenhower during Ike’s campaign for the Presidency, Lindsay’s career in politics began in earnest when he became executive assistant to the United States Attorney General in 1955. During his time in the Justice Department, Lindsay served as an intermediary with the White House and worked with the Eisenhower Administration in drafting legislation. In 1958 he was elected to the 86th Congress as representative of the 17th district of New York (Manhattan’s Upper East Side)  in the United States House of Representatives. He served as a Congressman as Republican through 1965, though his record frequently indicated a more liberal outlook on the role of government.

In 1966 he was elected mayor of New York City, and was immediately hit with a transit strike which crippled the city for 12 days. The struggle was just the beginning of Lindsay’s labor woes as he struggled with increased demands for higher municipal wages throughout his time as mayor, an issue which never seemed to find a satisfying resolution. In 1967 he served as Vice Chairman for the National Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Commission) at the behest of President Lyndon Johnson, who no doubt noticed Lindsay's genuine concern for the needs of inner city citizens.

In 1969 he switched political parties, losing the Republican Party’s support in the primary elections after a protracted mutual estrangement, leaving the GOP for the Liberal Party. In 1971 he switched again, this time joining the Democrats for a failed effort for the presidency. His time as New York City Mayor ended in 1973 after he declined to pursue another term.

Lindsay returned to private practice in 1973, and served as an occasional contributor to Good Morning America for the American Broadcast Company. He would also serve as chairman for the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts from 1984 to 1988.

In 1999 he moved to Hilton Head, SC with his wife Mary. He died in 2000.

Works Cited: John Lindsay Papers at Yale University and John Lindsay at

Mayor John V. Lindsay appears in the following:

Mayor v. MacDougal Street

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mayor Lindsay is ordered by State Supreme Court Justice Tierney to Clean Up MacDougal St.
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When the Mob Infiltrated City Government

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mayor John Lindsay responds to the arrest of Water Commissioner James Marcus for taking kickbacks from the mob.
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Happy Earth Day - Now Move Your Car

Monday, April 21, 2014

On the first Earth Day - that would be April 22, 1970 - Mayor John V. Lindsay implores New Yorkers to be more thoughtful with their parking.
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Ferdinand Marcos and John Lindsay Foster U.S.-Philippines Ties, 1966

Monday, November 12, 2012

Philippine dictator hailed at City Hall.
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New York in Black and White: The Sixties, Civil Rights and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis

Thursday, January 27, 2000

John Rudolph's award-winning documentary on the Ocean Hill/Brownsville crisis.
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Mets reception at City Hall

Monday, October 20, 1969

The Mets WIN BIG!


Mayor Lindsay Announces Duke Ellington Day

Tuesday, May 20, 1969

Ellington shares his appreciation for the honor and the city of New York, "the greatest city in the world, the one metropolis around which the entire world revolves."


80th Anniversary of Beth Israel

Sunday, May 04, 1969

Charles H. Silver, President of the Medical Center, hosts the 80th Anniversary of Beth Israel Hospital. He invites to the microphone Mayor John V. Lindsay; Reverend Dr. Gardner Calvin Taylor, Pastor of the Concord Baptist Church; Reverend James B. McManus; Dr. George [Blinick], President of the Medical Board; Lt. Governor ...


Anti Defamation League luncheon

Friday, January 31, 1969

Mayor John LIndsay addresses the Jewish Anti Defamation League.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8378
Municipal archives id: T4294


George Foreman

Thursday, January 16, 1969

Press conference with George Foreman, Olympic gold medalist and a graduate of the Job Corp. He is setting of on a tour of the United States through the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, DC.

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Mayor John V. Lindsay, Statement on Settlement Reached with the New York City Police, Fire and Sanitation Departments

Monday, October 21, 1968

Mayor John V. Lindsay reports that the Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA), United Firemen's Association (UFA) and United Sanitationmen's Association (USA) agreed to new contract settlement proposed by Justice Arthur Goldberg and Vincent McDonnell. Lindsay points out that the new settlement is generous at a great cost to the city.


Statement on Teacher's Strike

Sunday, October 20, 1968

Mayor John V. Lindsay reports on the third teacher's strike since the fall season began and the recommendations and actions he is planning to take in response. He acknowledges the racial slurs that are being slung by extremists on both sides and defends the reputation of Albert Shanker, leader of ...


Mayor Lindsay reports on school disturbances

Tuesday, October 01, 1968

Mayor Lindsay, statement from Gracie Mansion on school disturbances in Brownsville.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 150893
Municipal archives id: T5825


Teachers strike, Rudolph Bing and Met Opera

Sunday, September 15, 1968

Mayor Lindsay on the teachers strike and Met Opera.


Mayor Lindsay's Press Conference & Swearing In of Salim L. Lewis to Board of Education

Friday, August 16, 1968

Famed financier Salim Lewis joins Ed board before leaving a month later.


Sanitation Men's Strike

Friday, February 09, 1968

Lindsay rejects strike settlement proposed by Governor Rockefeller's special mediation panel.


New Police Emergency Number

Friday, January 12, 1968

Lack of heat in Harlem, the labor dispute involving taxi drivers, and the Kerner Commission on Civil Disorders, among other topics.


Reception for Levi Eshkol

Thursday, January 11, 1968

Tape 1 of 3 - T2278
The National Anthems of Israel and USA play. Mayor Lindsay introduces the premier to the gathering, and the members of the council. Hopes that Eshkol's visit will contribute to lasting peace in the Middle East. Lindsay makes a joke about how Israel has ...


Press Conference

Friday, December 29, 1967

Lindsay swears in Dr. Ephraim Ramirez as Commissioner of the Addiction Services Agency, Larry Baird as First Deputy Coordinator of the same agency, and Bernard Shiffman as Deputy Administrator of the Department of Human Resources. He also announces a partnership with IMB to computerize NYPD's dispatch system and publicly signs ...


Judges Sworn In

Thursday, December 28, 1967

Mayor Lindsay swears in returning judges.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 92505
Municipal archives id: T2325