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Research Article

Turning Hospital Beds into Votes: Frank Hague and His Jersey City Medical Center

Vernon LF*

Sherman College of Chiropractic, 2020 Springfield Rd-1452, Spartanburg, SC 29304, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Vernon LF
Sherman College of Chiropractic
2020 Springfield Rd-1452, Spartanburg, SC 29304, USA
Tel: 609-230-3256
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: August 19, 2015 Accepted Date: August 25, 2015 Published Date: September 05, 2015

Citation: Vernon LF (2015) Turning Hospital Beds into Votes: Frank Hague and His Jersey City Medical Center. J Pol Sci Pub Aff S1:006. doi: 10.4172/2332-0761.1000S1.006

Copyright: © 2015 Vernon LF. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


On October 2, 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt emerged from the Lincoln Tunnel to the cheers of an estimated 200,000 people. The citizens of Jersey City, New Jersey were there to not only greet their president but to show their loyalty to the mayor of the city, Frank Hague, who had given all city employees a paid holiday from work to attend the event. FDR was on his way to the dedication of the city’s new hospital, The Jersey City Medical Center. In his opening remarks, the President stated, “very happy to come here to take part in the dedication of this, the third largest medical institutional group in the whole of the United States”. The facility would go on to become one of the leading medical institutions of the era and a breeding ground for endless political patronage. It would provide top-quality cradle-to-grave healthcare to the city’s citizens free of charge as long as they voted the “right” way. Ironically, FDR closed his speech with these words: “Mayor Hague, his associates, and the people of this city have pointed the way for many other communities in the Nation. May they see and emulate the fruition of this splendid dream.” It was a dream that would become a nightmare.