Park View History: John G. McGrath

John G. McGrath
Last week I included this image when referencing the dedication of the Park View post office in 1918. I’m sure few, if any, knew the person in the photograph was John G. McGrath.

McGrath was frequently referred to fondly as the “Mayor of Park View,” though no such office existed. It was in his house that the Park View Citizens’ Association was founded, McGrath himself being president. McGrath’s other accomplishments included being elected as community secretary in 1917, co-founding the Federation of Citizens’ Associations, and perhaps his most lasting contribution, being chiefly responsible for winning the 12-hour shift for DC firefighters and abolishing the 24-hour day.

While an early civic pioneer in Washington, he was employed by the Treasury Department. In 1927 McGrath retired from Washington and moved to a quiet farm in Lewistown, Maryland.

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