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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Lindsay press conference [on rejection of welfare request].

Tuesday, December 29, 1970

NYC Mayor John V. Lindsay press conference with two statements: Proclamation about Leningrad Trials "Day of concern", and an unprecedented rejection of the Welfare 2.4 billion budget request.

Question and answer period follows. Among them:

Should all city employees be required to live in ...


John Lindsay signing of an executive order #27 which gives formal status to the mayor's committee on the exploitation of workers

Monday, November 30, 1970

John Lindsay signing of an executive order #27 which gives formal status to the mayor's committee on the exploitation of workers

Members are John Cadden, Henery Phoner, Steven Denzillo, local 306, Samuel Covenetski, Irving Sterne, Jack Stone, Leon Zverdoff, Doris Turner, Julius Manson.

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Lindsay press conference [on Correction appointments].

Tuesday, November 24, 1970

NYC Mayor John V. Lindsay heads a press conference along with William vanden Heuvel, Chairman of Correction Board, and Leo C. Zefferetti, President of Correction Officers Benevolent Association, as well as Joe De Lea [?], Assistant Deputy Warden.

The mayor announces new appointees in Corrections department:


Lindsay press conference [on new construction board]

Thursday, November 19, 1970

New York City Comptroller Abraham D. Beame and Mayor John V. Lindsay announce the creation of a 3-person construction board headed by Municipal Services Administrator Milton Musicus and including Comptroller Beame and Budget Director Edward K. Hamilton. The main goal of the board will be to communicate with construction companies ...


Mayor Lindsay Press Conference [supporting Goodell]

Friday, October 30, 1970

Jacob Javits and John Lindsay endorse Charles Goodell's troubled re-election campaign for New York governor, and warns against voting for Richard Ottinger.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 151460
Municipal archives id: T7672


1970-09-21 Mayor Lindsay Press Conference

Monday, September 21, 1970

Topics include Brownsville, waste management, welfare reform, Lindsay as a presidential candidate.

Senator Abraham Ribicoff speaks about a public services jobs program, which would give jobs to women, and provide day care for children. John Delury chimes in. He says that women shouldn't work, that a women's ...


Statement on Defacing Walls During Election Time

Wednesday, September 09, 1970

Mayor John V. Lindsay urges candidates and their supporters to refrain from defacing public walls with bumper stickers and posters during the 1970 election season. "The environment is a year round job and the political season is no excuse for taking a vacation."

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Swearing in ceremonies for the Brooklyn Borough President

Wednesday, September 09, 1970

From City Hall, Mayor Lindsay swears in Brooklyn Borough President Sebastian Leone, who succeeds retiring president Abe Stark. President Leone speaks; a champagne toast follows.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 151429
Municipal archives id: T7600


Mayor Lindsay and Astronauts

Wednesday, June 03, 1970

Mayor John V. Lindsay honors the crew of the Apollo 13 mission at the Lincoln Center and awards the Gold Medal of the City of New York to Fred W. Haise, John L. "Jack" Swigert. He awards James A. "Jim" Lovell Jr. with a crystal paperweight.

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Mayor Lindsay Statement on Apollo 13

Thursday, January 01, 1970

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Mayor Lindsay Statement on Apollo 13.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 151563
Municipal archives id: T7814


Testimonial Dinner for Albert Shanker

Wednesday, December 24, 1969

Mayor John V. Lindsay surprises the audience at a testimonial dinner in honor of Albert Shanker, President of the United Federation of Teachers.


Press Conference on the Appointment of Edward A. Morrison and New Year's Eve Celebrations in Central Park

Monday, December 22, 1969

At this press conference, Mayor John V. Lindsay announces the appointment of Edward A. Morrison as Special Assistant to the Mayor, acting primarily as a liaison to the City Council, a "chief policy man and nut and bolt man." Succeeding Robert M. Blum, Morrison will work towards moving City Hall ...


Press Conference 1969-11-21

Friday, November 21, 1969

Lindsay press conference. The topics include; fare rate increases for the subway system from 20 cents to 30 cents; the defeat of Supreme Court nominee Clement Haynsworth; a court ruling election provision on the decentralization law; Spiro Agnew's comments and criticism of the press; salary increases for top city government ...


Mayor Lindsay Calls for a Special Session of the New York State Legislature

Thursday, November 06, 1969

Lindsay calls on the New York State Legislature to restore funding to medicaid, welfare and mass transportation in a special session.


Mets reception at City Hall

Monday, October 20, 1969

The Mets WIN BIG!