The "rascal king" James Michael Curley was a ward boss from Boston's south end who would rise to become four term mayor, congressman, & governor. At certain times he served these positions from within a prison cell. Like most ward bosses he curried favor among his constituents by doing favors- doling out jobs, paying bills, providing utilities, etc. His defenders would call him a champion of the poor while his detractors would call him a crook. He was an iconic Boston figure - an estimated 1 million people lined the streets for his funeral. He had an appetite for lavish things including high hats which was stereotypical of these ward bosses.