Benjamin Gladstone Square

Hoe Ave., Westchster Ave., W. Farms Rd.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This square is named for Benjamin Gladstone (1897-1935), a New York City native who represented the Bronx’s Fifth Assembly District in the New York State Legislature. Gladstone was born in a house on Cherry Street in lower Manhattan. His formal education started at P.S. 83 in Harlem, followed by the Harlem Evening High School, and later Fordham Law School. After serving in the Engineer Corps in World War I, Gladstone started a law practice, and maintained an office at 285 Madison Avenue throughout his lifetime. He also became involved in a number of civic and political organizations including the Hebrew Kindergarten and Infants Home and the Bronx County Bar Association. A champion of organized labor and school reform, Gladstone devoted his congressional career to improving educational standards and working conditions within the public school system. The Assemblyman was also chairman of the 1934 Emergency Unemployment Relief drive in the South Bronx. Gladstone, a tireles…

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