Michael Cassius McDonald arrived in Chicago as a teenage scam artist who quickly sketched a blueprint for running the city through its criminal underworld. Chicago's original mob boss, he procured presidential pardons, stuffed mayoral ballot boxes and operated the town's plushest gambling parlor. But he was also a philanthropist who befriended Clarence Darrow, employed Theodore Dreiser, promoted the World's Fair and funded the Lake Street L. His scandalous private life mirrored the tumult of his career, with more than one marriage mired in a love triangle and a murder trial. Kelly Pucci charts the rise of Chicago's first kingpin.
About the Author
Author of Camp Douglas: Chicago's Civil War Prison, Kelly Pucci also contributes to a variety of magazines, websites and newspapers. As a native Chicagoan, she enjoys exploring local history and has written about the city's ethnic restaurants, neighborhoods and museums.
Table of Contents
The Kid and the Candy 11
Michael McDonald the War Profiteer 22
Lucky at Cards, Unlucky in Love 30
McDonald Builds the El 47
Vote Early and Often 55
McDonald, His Second Wife and Her Teenage Lover 76
About the Author 111