Large Key To The City-indianapolis Gold-tone Charles H Boswell Mayor 1959-1962
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LARGE Key to the City-Indianapolis Gold-Tone Charles H Boswell Mayor. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS First Class Package.
Mr. Boswell was a life-long Democrat, who formed an early alliance with Kennedy and served as co-chairman of Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign in Indiana. Once, when campaigning made Kennedy too hoarse to speak during an Indiana swing, Mr. Boswell read his speech for him. Public service and politics were keystones of Mr. Boswell's life, but golf was his private passion. A former caddy, he became a champion golfer and played rounds with Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Billy Casper and Chi Chi Rodriguez, as well as evangelist Billy Graham. Born in Henderson, Kentucky, Mr. Boswell came with his family to Indianapolis at age one. He was reared on Ketcham Street in the Haughville section. When he served as mayor from 1959 to 1962, two Ketcham Street friends, Phil Bayt and Bob O'Neal, were prosecutor and sheriff, respectively. After graduating from Shortridge High School, Mr. Boswell worked part-time at Christamore Settlement House, while earning a degree in sociology at Indiana University. He then worked for the Family Services Agency, while earning a master's degree at IU. He spent two years as Chief Probation Officer and Assistant Chief Probation Officer in Marion County Juvenile Court. During World War II, Mr. Boswell was a lieutenant-commander in the Navy, assigned to transport ships in the North Atlantic. In early 1945, he was appointed commander of the Mare Island (CA) Training Center, a Navy penal institution, where he instituted programs to rehabilitate young offenders. After the war, he remained in the Navy Reserve, retiring with the rank of commander. Upon completion of active service in 1947, Mr. Boswell returned to Marion County Juvenile Court as chief probation officer. Then he owned and operated an insurance agency until 1956 when Bayt, then mayor, appointed him city controller. He was the first public official to invest tax revenues in interest-earning bank accounts. In 1959, when Bayt was elected prosecutor, Mr. Boswell succeeded him as mayor. He won his own term in the following election. His administration was marked by advances in flood control, sanitation, airport development and city parks. He also instituted a community self-help organization for new homes in slum areas. It was while he was mayor that Mr. Boswell helped spearhead the Kennedy campaign in Indiana. As a senator, Kennedy spoke in behalf of the mayor, and Mr. Boswell aided the future president in mapping his strategy here. He also helped Kennedy register in Indiana amid shouts from hostile anti-Catholic demonstrators. In August 1962, President Kennedy appointed Mr. Boswell as Indianapolis postmaster. City Controller Albert Losche finished his mayoral term. In 1976, Mr. Boswell became postmaster for all of Indiana, instituting a cost-saving in-plant mail-pickup program that became a national model. He retired in 1987. Mr. Boswell was a former county Democratic chairman. He was Democratic nominee for the then 11th District Congressional seat in 1954 and also sought, unsuccessfully, nominations for lieutenant-governor and U.S. Senator. He was a long-time precinct committeeman. Away from politics, Mr. Boswell honed his golf skills. From caddying with Bayt on city courses, he made the city's public links team three times in the 1930's, won the IU golf championship in 1936 and won the Coffin Club championship in 1937. In later years, he promoted a national scholarship program for caddies. Mr. Boswell won awards from numerous civic and social organizations, including an Indianapolis Jaycees' good government award and the Indianapolis Senior Citizens Center Lifetime Achievement Award. He served on the boards of the United Way, Red Cross, Christamore House and other agencies. He was a former trustee of Broadway Methodist Church. He was a member of Highland Golf and Country Club, Indianapolis Athletic Club, Hardscrabble Press Club, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Service Club of Indianapolis and the Retired Social Workers Club. Mr. Boswell and his wife, the former Elsie Stock, were mar ried 58 years. She preceded him in death. Survivors include brothers, Richard R. (Rosemary) Boswell, Jack E. (Darlene) Boswell; sister Mary Virginia Williams; caregiver, Eric Cubel; sister-in-law, Phyllis M. Boswell. He was preceded in death by parents Caleb N. "Nat" and Ora H. (Burns) Boswell; brothers, Edward Burns Boswell, James W. Boswell, Sr.; sisters, Natalie Linville and Loyse E. Boswell. A memorial gathering was Saturday, January 6, 2007 at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral home.