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The Deputy: 1938

The Deputy: 1938

The accompanying paperwork states:

"L. Metropoulos, whom Edward A. Platt, of the Town of Sherman, in the County of Fairfield and State of Connecticut, appointed an Honorary Deputy Sheriff on November 4th 1938."

It's okay Mr. Platt, I wouldn't have said no to this guy either. View full size.

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Sheriff Platt

Edward A. Platt was first elected Sheriff of Fairfield County in 1934 (on the Republican ticket), and was repeatedly re-elected every four years until his retirement in 1959. That means that he was indeed up for election the week he appointed this gentleman an honorary deputy, and won. Soon after his original win in 1934, Platt replaced a night jailer with his own pick, resulting in litigation about whether the state's veterans' preference act left it to the civil service commission to make such choices. Platt won in the superior court, and by 1954 was the longest-serving incumbent in Fairfield County government.

On Becoming An Honorary Deputy

There are many municipalities that, in return for a political honorarium or public deed, will grant a businessman such a title.

Front Page

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Motor Voter

November 4, 1938. Just 4 days before election day. Making the owner of a taxi business an Honorary Deputy Sheriff is an effective way for the party (either one) to get out the vote, if you know what I mean.

L. Metropoulos

Louis Metropoulos was the owner of the Norwalk Taxi Company in the 1936 Norwalk City Directory. I understand the necessities of the taxi business having cordial relations with the political establishment. But Sherman is 40 miles North of Norwalk. I'll bet that Mr Metropoulos was an Honorary Deputy Sheriff in more than one town in Fairfield County.

The paperwork

Youse will make me a Deputy, got it?

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