THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Before serving in Congress and
as a three-time mayor of New York,
the colorful Fiorello LaGuardia
spent nearly five years in the
U.S. Foreign Service.
BY LUC I ANO MANG I AF I CO
Luciano Mangiafico, an FSO from 1970 to 1991, is the author of two
Contemporary American Immigrants
(Praeger, 1988) and
(Potomac Books, 2007). He has also contributed articles
The Foreign Service Journal
and the literary journal
, among other periodicals.
OURMAN IN FIUME:
auntering down the main street of Rijeka,
Croatia—the Corso—the tourist comes
across a building sporting a plaque in
two languages, Croatian and English.
The English version reads:
LaGuardia, Member of Congress and
Mayor of New York City, worked and
lived in this building from 1904 to 1906
in the capacity of Consular Agent of the
United States to Rijeka.
Yes, before serving in Congress and as a three-time mayor
of New York, the colorful LaGuardia spent nearly five years in
the U.S. Foreign Service. He was consular clerk and assistant to
the U.S. consul general in Budapest from 1900 to 1903, then the
consular agent in Fiume (now Rijeka) from 1903 to 1906. Both
cities were then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Fiorello LaGuardia was born in New York City on Dec. 11,
1882. His father, Achille LaGuardia, an Italian musician and
composer, hailed from southern Italy while his mother, Irene