Robert Moses

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For the civil rights activist see Robert Parris Moses.

Robert Moses (1888-1981) was a planner and administrator who changed the face of New York City and New York state in a career of several decades. Occupying a variety of public offices in the state and city between 1924 and 1968, he was responsible for building the freeway system, 416 miles of parkways, 13 bridges including the Triborough and Verrazano Narrows bridges, and he hugely increased the area od state parks.

In 1927, under governor Al Smith, Moses was appointed as New York's Secretary of State. He served in the position until 1929, when he resigned to allow the new governor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to appoint his own cabinet.[1]


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