The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Mayors and Postmasters of Berkeley, California

Mayors of Berkeley, 1909-2012 (may be incomplete!)
Beverly L. Hodghead 1909-11 J. Stitt Wilson 1911-13 Charles D. Heywood 1913-15 Samuel C. Irving 1915-19 Louis Bartlett 1919-23 Frank D. Stringham 1923-27 Michael B. Driver 1927-30 Thomas E. Caldecott 1930-32 Edward N. Ament 1932-39 Frank S. Gaines 1939-43 Fitch Robertson 1943-46 Carrie Hoyt 1947 Laurance L. Cross 1947-55 Claude B. Hutchison 1955-63 Wallace Johnson 1963-71 Warren Widener 1971-79 Gus Newport 1979-86 Loni Hancock 1986-94 Jeffrey Shattuck Leiter 1994 Shirley Dean 1994-2002 Tom Bates 2002-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1975 Apr 15: Warren Widener, elected; Ying L. Kelley, defeated; Carl Finamore (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 1979 Apr 17: Warren Widener, defeated; Gus Newport, elected.
  • 1998 Nov 3: Shirley Dean, elected.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Tom Bates, elected; Shirley Dean, defeated; John Patrick Boushel, defeated.

    Postmasters at Berkeley, 1887-1971 (may be incomplete!)
    Napoleon B. Byrne as of 1887 Ole C. Vinzent as of 1899 G. Schmidt as of 1901-05 Clarence S. Merrill 1907-16 Rufus A. Berry 1916-25 Charles D. Heywood 1925-33 Franklin M. Whiting 1933-35 Franklin M. Whiting 1935-48 Luther A. Dunlap 1948-55 Edgar C. Ramsdell 1955-56 Frank S. Spires 1956-63 George B. Kohler, Jr. 1963-64 George B. Kohler, Jr. 1964-71

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