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  • As Mr. Zacks writes, he "knew many saloons acted as unofficial political clubhouses for Tammany Hall, therefore he ... knew it would be a fringe benefit for the Republican and reform parties if hundreds of saloons went out of business due to lost Sunday sales."

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  • The ensuing public outrage - chiefly among churchmen, "reformers" and the city's nascent Republican Party - forced the mayor to appoint a four-member police board, with Roosevelt as chairman, supposedly to be "non-partisan, to banish politics and to make decisions for the good of the city," as Richard Zacks writes.

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