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Mayors and Postmasters of Wilmington, Delaware


Mayors of Wilmington, 1832-1996 (may be incomplete!)
Richard H. Bayard 1832-34 Nicholas G. Williamson 1834-43 David C. Wilson 1843-45 Alexander Porter 1845-48 William Huffington 1848-50 Joshua E. Driver 1850-51 Columbus P. Evans 1851-52 William Hemphill Jones 1852-53 John A. Alderdice 1853-54 James F. Heyward 1854-55 William B. Wiggins 1855-56 William Huffington 1856-57 George W. Sparks 1857-58 Thomas Young 1858-60 Vincent C. Gilpin 1860-63 John M. Turner 1863-65 Joshua Maris 1865-67 Joshua S. Valentine 1867-72 Joshua L. Simms 1872-75 William G. Whiteley 1875-78 John P. Allmond 1878-82 John P. Wales 1882-85 Calvin B. Rhoads 1885-87 S. J. Willey as of 1892 E. G. Shortridge 1893-94 George M. Fisher 1903 Charles D. Bird 1903 Horace Wilson 1905-07 Harrison W. Howell 1911-15 John W. Lawson as of 1919 William G. Taylor as of 1919 Frank C. Sparks 1931-33 William Speer 1933-35 Walter W. Bacon 1935-40 Albert W. James as of 1941-44 Joseph S. Wilson 1947-49 James F. Hearn 1949-53 August Walz as of 1954-55 Eugene Lammot 1957-60 John E. Babiarz 1961-69 Thomas C. Maloney as of 1973-77

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1872: Joshua L. Simms (Dem), elected; Edward J. Dougherty (Rep), defeated.
  • 1875: William G. Whiteley (Dem), elected; Joshua S. Valentine (Rep), defeated.
  • 1878 Sep 3: John P. Allmond (Dem), elected; Charles H. Gallagher (Rep), defeated; William A. Murphy (Greenback), defeated.
  • 1882 Jun 3: John P. Wales (Rep), elected; Joseph L. Carpenter (Dem), defeated.
  • 1885 Jun 6: Calvin B. Rhoads (Dem), elected; Henry C. Conrad (Rep), defeated.
  • 1893 Jun 3: E. G. Shortridge (Rep), elected; William B. Norton (Dem), defeated.
  • 1895 Jun 1: Charles R. Jefferies (Dem), elected; Jacob H. Lewis (Rep), defeated.
  • 1899 Jun 3: John C. Fahey (Dem), elected; George W. Bush (Rep), defeated.
  • 1903 Jun 6: Charles D. Bird (Dem), elected.
  • 1905 Jun 3: Horace Wilson (Rep), elected.
  • 1913 Jun 7: Harrison W. Howell (Rep), elected; Willard Springer (Dem), defeated; Francis I. du Pont (Progressive), defeated.
  • 1931 Jun 6: Frank C. Sparks (Rep), elected; Howard Duane (Dem), defeated.
  • 1933 Jun 3: William Speer (Dem), elected; Frank C. Sparks (Rep), defeated.
  • 1935 Jun 1: Walter W. Bacon (Rep), elected; William Speer (Dem), defeated.
  • 1937 Jun 5: Walter W. Bacon (Rep), elected; Albert W. Bird (Dem), defeated.
  • 1943 Jun 5: Albert W. James (Rep), elected; Henry George III (Dem), defeated.
  • 1949 Jun 4: James F. Hearn (Rep), elected; Philip A. Traynor (Dem), defeated.
  • 1951 Jun 2: James F. Hearn (Rep), elected; George Gray Thouron (Dem), defeated.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Eugene Lammot, elected.
  • 1964 Aug 15: John E. Babiarz (Dem), nominated; Eugene Lammot (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1964 Nov 3: John E. Babiarz (Dem), elected.
  • 1996 Sep 7: James H. Sills, Jr. (Dem), nominated; Loretta Walsh (Dem), defeated in primary; Robert F. Poppiti (Dem), defeated in primary; Brenda C. Phillips (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1996 Nov 5: James H. Sills, Jr. (Dem), elected; Bradley J. Zuber (Rep), defeated.


    Postmasters at Wilmington, 1776-1974 (may be incomplete!)
    Jacob Broom 1776-92 John Webster 1792-94 Samuel Brynes 1794-96 Enoch Welsh 1796-98 Edward Gilpin 1798-1802 Joseph Bringhurst 1802-20 Nicholas G. Williamson 1820-41 Jacob Alrichs 1841-43 Nicholas G. Williamson 1843 William R. Sellars 1843-49 Henry H. J. Naff 1849-53 John McClung 1853-56 Henry F. Askew 1856-61 Arthur H. Grimshaw 1861-66 Joseph M. Barr 1866-69 James Lewis 1869-74 William M. Pyle 1874-82 William Y. Swiggett 1882-86 Robert H. Taylor 1886-90 Daniel F. Stewart 1890-94 Enoch Moore 1894-98 Hugh C. Browne 1898-1901 William H. Heald 1901-06 Henry C. Conrad 1906-09 M. Howard Jester 1909-13 James J. English 1913-23 LeRoy W. Hickman 1923-28 Alexander R. Abrahams 1928 Alexander R. Abrahams 1928-33 James J. Cahill 1933-34 James J. Cahill 1934-48 William Berl, Jr. 1948-50 William Berl, Jr. 1950-56 William J. McBlain 1956-57 August Walz 1957 August Walz 1957-74

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