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1947 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Grover A. Whalen*

New York Greeter and Businessman

"Leaders are everywhere in society-not just in the top echelons."

Grover Whalen was a politician, businessman, and public relations leader in New York City in the 1930s and 1940s. He served as chief of police of New York City, where he was known to be a strict enforcer of prohibition laws. He was later appointed by Fiorello La Guardia as New York's official greeter. In this capacity, in which he served until the early 1950s, he officially welcomed everyone from Charles Lindbergh to Douglas MacArthur to New York and became master of the ticker tape parade. In 1935, he became president of the New York World Fair Corporation. In this capacity, he was placed on the cover of Time magazine on May 1, 1939.

* Deceased