“Profiles: Little Giant-2” – The New Yorker (May, 1930)

In the first of two articles that profile one of the first owners of The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, the author, Alva Johnston, introduced us to Samuel Untermyer. In the second article, she continues to familiarize us with the man.

Untermyer was a popular figure of the time, having been a powerful corporate lawyer. He appeared in cases with issues dealing anywhere from a huge corporate merger worth one hundred million dollars to a construction workers on trial against their own union. Johnston sums up Untermyer’s accomplishments well, by stating that “few great railroad, insurance, or banking wars or mergers of the last half-century have been complete without Untermyer”.

The New Yorker’s article goes on to describe specific cases that made Untermyer famous.

“The city has not officially acknowledged its debt to its great patron even to the extent of naming a fireboat or a park after him.”

There’s much more to read about Samuel Untermyer in The New Yorker’s second article profiling him, and you can do so by viewing the PDF.

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