About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
Paul D'Ortona is interviewed on his early education which led him to a career as a Philadelphia city councilman. In particular, he talks about starting the practice of holding street corner meetings to gain political support. According to Mr. D'Ortona, the turning point in his political career came when James Finnegan asked him to take over the 26th ward in 1948. Following this event, Mr. D'Ortona would go on to be elected President of the City Council and Chairman of the Public Safety Committee.
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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