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Mayors and Postmasters of San Francisco, California

Mayors of San Francisco, 1850-2012 (may be incomplete!)
John W. Geary 1850-51 Charles James Brenham 1851 Stephen Randall Harris 1852 Charles James Brenham 1852-53 Cornelius Kingsland Garrison 1853-54 Stephen P. Webb 1854-55 James P. Van Ness 1855-56 George J. Whelan 1856 Ephraim Willard Burr 1856-59 Henry Frederick Teschemacher 1859-63 Henry Perrin Coon 1863-67 Frank McCoppin 1867-69 Thomas Henry Selby 1869-71 William Alvord 1871-73 James Otis 1873-75 George Hewston 1875 Andrew Jackson Bryant 1875-79 Isaac S. Kalloch 1879-81 Maurice C. Blake 1881-83 Washington Bartlett 1883-87 Edward B. Pond 1887-91 George H. Sanderson 1891-93 Levi Richard Ellert 1893-95 Adolph Sutro 1895-97 James D. Phelan 1897-1902 Eugene E. Schmitz 1902-07 Charles Boxton 1907 Edward Robeson Taylor 1907-10 Patrick Henry McCarthy 1910-12 James Rolph, Jr. 1912-31 Angelo J. Rossi 1931-44 Roger D. Lapham 1944-48 Elmer E. Robinson 1948-56 George Christopher 1956-64 John F. Shelley 1964-68 Joseph L. Alioto 1968-76 George Moscone 1976-78 Dianne Feinstein 1978-88 Art Agnos 1988-92 Frank Jordan 1992-96 Willie L. Brown, Jr. 1996-2004 Gavin Newsom 2004-11 Ed Lee 2011-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1875: Andrew Jackson Bryant (Dem), elected.
  • 1875 Oct 30: James Otis, died in office.
  • 1877: Andrew Jackson Bryant (Dem), elected.
  • 1896 Nov 3: James D. Phelan (Dem & Citizens' Non-Partisan), elected; Charles L. Taylor (Rep & Citizens Independent & United Labor), defeated; Charles S. Laumeister (Citizens' Republican), defeated; Joseph I. Dimond (Anti-Charter Democrat & People's), defeated; C. C. O'Donnell (Ind), defeated; Oliver Everett (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1907: Charles Boxton, resigned.
  • 1939 Nov 7: Angelo J. Rossi, elected; Franck R. Havenner, defeated; Adolph Uhl, defeated; James B. McSheehy, defeated; Adolph E. Schmidt, defeated.
  • 1947: Elmer E. Robinson, elected.
  • 1951: George Christopher, defeated; Elmer E. Robinson, elected.
  • 1955: Frank Barbaria, defeated.
  • 1971: Dianne Feinstein, defeated.
  • 1975: Dianne Feinstein, defeated; Milton Marks, defeated.
  • 1978 Nov 27: George Moscone, died in office.
  • 1979 Nov 6: Dianne Feinstein, advanced to runoff; Quentin L. Kopp, advanced to runoff; Jello Biafra, defeated; Sylvia Weinstein, defeated; Cesar Ascarrunz, defeated; Steve L. Calitri, defeated; Tibor Uskert, defeated; Joe Hughes, defeated; Patricia Dolbeare, defeated.
  • 1979 Dec 11: Dianne Feinstein, elected; Quentin L. Kopp, defeated.
  • 1983 Nov 8: Dianne Feinstein, elected; Cesar Ascarrunz, defeated; Gloria E. La Riva, defeated; Pat Wright, defeated; Brian Lantz, defeated; Carrie Drake, defeated.
  • 1987 Nov 3: Cesar Ascarrunz, defeated.
  • 1991: Gloria E. La Riva, defeated; Angela Alioto, defeated.
  • 1991 Nov 5: Cesar Ascarrunz, defeated.
  • 1995: Roberta Achtenberg, defeated; Angela Alioto, defeated.
  • 1999: Tom Ammiano, defeated.
  • 1999 Nov 2: Cesar Ascarrunz, defeated.
  • 2003 Nov 4: Gavin Newsom, advanced to runoff; Matt Gonzalez, advanced to runoff; Angela Alioto, defeated; Tom Ammiano, defeated; Susan Leal, defeated; Tony Ribera, defeated; Michael F. Denny, defeated; Roger E. Schulke, defeated; Jim Reid, defeated.
  • 2003 Dec 9: Gavin Newsom, elected; Matt Gonzalez, defeated.
  • 2007 Nov 6: Gavin Newsom, elected; Quintin Mecke, defeated; Harold Hoogasian, defeated; Wilma Pang, defeated; Ahimsa Sumchai, defeated; Chicken John, defeated; Lonnie Holmes, defeated; Josh Wolf, defeated; Grasshopper Kaplan, defeated; Harold Brown, defeated; George Davis, defeated; Michael Powers, defeated.
  • 2011 Jan 10: Gavin Newsom, resigned.
  • 2011 Jan 11: Ed Lee, appointed.
  • 2011 Nov 8: Ed Lee, elected; John Avalos, defeated; Dennis J. Herrera, defeated; David Chiu, defeated; Leland Yee, defeated; Jeff Adachi, defeated; Bevan Dufty, defeated; Tony Hall, defeated; Michela Alioto-Pier, defeated; Joanna Rees, defeated; Terry Baum, defeated; Phil Ting, defeated; Cesar Ascarrunz, defeated; Wilma Pang, defeated; Emil Lawrence, defeated; Paul Currier, defeated.

    Postmasters at San Francisco, 1849-1980 (may be incomplete!)
    John W. Geary 1849 Jacob B. Moore 1849-53 Thomas J. Henley 1853-54 Charles L. Weller 1854-61 Samuel H. Parker 1861-64 Richard F. Perkins 1864-68 Holland Smith 1868-69 James Coey 1869-70 Napoleon B. Stone 1870-74 James Coey 1874-82 Samuel W. Backus 1882-86 William J. Bryan 1886-90 Samuel W. Backus 1890-94 Frank McCoppin 1894-97 Wilfred W. Montague 1897-1903 Arthur G. Fisk 1903-13 Charles W. Fay 1913-21 James E. Power 1922 James E. Power 1922-27 Harry L. Todd 1927-28 Harry L. Todd 1928-33 William H. McCarthy 1933-34 William H. McCarthy 1934-48 John F. Fixa 1948-49 John F. Fixa 1949-65 Lim P. Lee 1966-67 Lim P. Lee 1967-80

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1897 May 26: Frank McCoppin, died in office.
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