The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Meriden, Connecticut
including West Meriden, South Meriden
Mayors, First Selectmen, Postmasters

Mayors of Meriden, 1867-2012 (may be incomplete!)
Charles Parker 1867-69 Russel S. Gladwin 1869-70 Isaac C. Lewis 1870-72 Charles L. Upham 1873-74 Horace C. Wilcox 1875-76 H. Wales Lines 1877-79 George R. Curtis 1880-81 Edgar J. Doolittle 1882-86 Charles H. S. Davis 1887-88 Wallace A. Miles 1889 Benjamin Page 1890-91 Andrew W. Tracy 1892 G. Herrick Wilson 1893 Amos Ives 1894 Levi E. Coe 1895-97 Amos Ives 1898-99 Edward E. West 1900-01 George S. Seeley 1902-05 Thomas L. Reilly 1906-11 Daniel J. Donovan 1912-15 Joseph A. Cooke 1916-17 Henry T. King 1918-19 Daniel J. Donovan 1920-21 Henry T. King 1922-23 Wales L. deBussy as of 1926-29 Francis T. Maloney 1930-33 Stephen L. Smith as of 1934-37 Francis R. Danaher 1938-48 Howard E. Houston 1949-51 William J. Cahill, Jr. 1952-53 Henry D. Altobello 1954-59 John D. Ivers 1960-61 Donald T. Dorsey as of 1968-71 Abraham G. Grossman as of 1971-73 John D. Quine as of 1974-75 Abraham G. Grossman as of 1975-77 Mark D. Benigni 2001-08 Michael S. Rohde as of 2011-12

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1867 Aug 12: Charles Parker, elected.
  • 1869 Jun 7: Russel S. Gladwin, elected.
  • 1870 Jun 6: Isaac C. Lewis, elected.
  • 1872 Dec 17: Charles L. Upham, elected.
  • 1874 Dec 15: Horace C. Wilcox, elected.
  • 1876 Dec 19: H. Wales Lines (Rep), elected.
  • 1879 Dec 15: George R. Curtis, elected.
  • 1881 Dec 20: Edgar J. Doolittle, elected.
  • 1882 Dec 19: Edgar J. Doolittle (Rep), elected; John C. Byxbee (Dem), defeated.
  • 1886 Dec 21: Charles H. S. Davis (Dem), elected; Chamberlain (Rep), defeated.
  • 1887 Dec 20: Charles H. S. Davis (Dem), elected; King (Rep), defeated.
  • 1888 Dec 18: Wallace A. Miles (Dem), elected; David S. Williams (Rep), defeated; Gilbert A. Gladwin (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1889 Dec 17: Benjamin Page (Rep), elected; George N. Morse (Dem), defeated; Gilbert A. Gladwin (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1890 Dec 16: Benjamin Page (Rep), elected; Andrew W. Tracy (Dem), defeated; Charles M. Whitmore (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1891 Dec 15: Andrew W. Tracy (Dem), elected; G. Herrick Wilson (Rep), defeated; Charles M. Whitmore (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1892 Dec 20: G. Herrick Wilson (Rep), elected; Andrew W. Tracy (Dem), defeated; Samuel D. Otis (Populist), defeated; Charles M. Whitmore (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1893 Dec 19: Amos Ives (Dem), elected; G. Herrick Wilson (Rep), defeated; Henry W. Hale (Populist), defeated; Gilbert A. Gladwin (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1894 Dec 18: Levi E. Coe, elected; Lodowick L. Sawyer, defeated.
  • 1895 Dec 17: Levi E. Coe, elected; Ernest A. Leigh, defeated.
  • 1897 Dec 21: Amos Ives, elected.
  • 1899 Dec 19: Edward E. West (Dem), elected; W. A. Kelsey (Rep), defeated.
  • 1901 Dec 17: George S. Seeley, elected.
  • 1903 Dec 15: George S. Seeley, elected; Edward E. West, defeated.
  • 1905 Dec 19: Thomas L. Reilly, elected.
  • 1911 Dec 19: Daniel J. Donovan, elected.
  • 1913 Dec 16: Daniel J. Donovan (Rep), elected; Henry L. Immich, defeated; James B. Hill (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1915 Dec 21: Joseph A. Cooke (Dem), elected; Daniel J. Donovan (Rep), defeated; James B. Hill (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1917 Dec 18: Henry T. King (Dem), elected; Wilbur F. Parker (Rep), defeated.
  • 1919 Dec 16: Daniel J. Donovan (Rep), elected; Henry T. King (Dem), defeated; Frederick L. Neebe, defeated.
  • 1921 Dec 6: Henry T. King (Dem), elected; Lloyd E. Jennings (Rep), defeated.
  • 1935 Dec 3: Stephen L. Smith (Dem), elected; Frank L. Quinlan (Rep), defeated.
  • 1937 Dec 7: Francis R. Danaher (Rep), elected; Stephen L. Smith (Dem), defeated.
  • 1939 Dec 5: Francis R. Danaher (Rep), elected; Charles H. Ledwith (Dem), defeated.
  • 1941 Dec 2: Francis R. Danaher (Rep), elected; Harold C. Hall (Dem), defeated.
  • 1951 Nov 6: William J. Cahill, Jr. (Dem), elected; Howard E. Houston (Rep), defeated.
  • 1953 Nov 3: Henry D. Altobello (Dem), elected; John J. Curry (Rep), defeated.
  • 1959: John D. Ivers (Rep), elected; William J. Cahill, Jr. (Dem), defeated.
  • 1961 Nov 7: Howard E. Houston (Rep), elected; John D. Ivers (Rep), defeated.
  • 2008 Jun 30: Mark D. Benigni, resigned.

    First Selectmen of Meriden, 1888-1957 (may be incomplete!)
    LeGrand Bevins as of 1888 George L. Ellsbree as of 1896-97 George W. Miller as of 1899-1907 George Mischler as of 1908-09 George W. Miller as of 1910-21 Edgar J. Perkins as of 1922-27 Peter Luberti as of 1947 Hiram D. Evans as of 1949-50 S. Paul Giacobbe as of 1954-55 David H. Evans as of 1956-57

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1909 Oct 4: George W. Miller (Rep), elected.

    Postmasters at Meriden, 1880-1973 (may be incomplete!)
    Erwin D. Hall 1880-86 William H. Miller 1886-90 Henry Dryhurst 1890-94 John J. Anderson 1894-98 Henry Dryhurst 1898-1914 John F. Penders 1914-23 James J. Fitzpatrick 1923 James J. Fitzpatrick 1923-36 John J. Scanlon 1936 John J. Scanlon 1936-53 Joseph R. Ferrigno 1953-55 Joseph R. Ferrigno 1955-73

    West Meriden

    Postmasters at West Meriden, 1846-80 (may be incomplete!)
    Joel H. Guy 1846-49 Noah A. Linsley 1849-53 Joel H. Guy 1853-60 Samuel B. Morgan 1860-61 George W. Rogers 1861-65 Wallis Bull 1865-66 George W. Rogers 1866-67 Samuel B. Morgan 1867-69 Wallis Bull 1869-77 Erwin D. Hall 1877-80

    South Meriden

    Postmasters at South Meriden, 1901 (may be incomplete!)
    E. B. Clark as of 1901

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