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Mayors and Postmasters of Bloomington, Illinois

Mayors of Bloomington, 1850-2011 (may be incomplete!)
David I. Perry 1850 Charles P. Merriman 1851 John H. Wickizer 1852 William Wallace 1853 John W. Ewing 1854 Franklin Price 1855-56 Amasa J. Merriman 1857-58 John M. Stilwell 1859 H. S. Herr 1860 George W. Parke 1861-62 Amasa J. Merriman 1863 Joel Depew 1864 E. H. Rood 1865-67 John M. Stilwell 1868-69 Thomas J. Bunn 1870 Benjamin F. Funk 1871-75 E. B. Steere 1876 Thomas J. Bunn 1877 John Reed 1878 E. B. Steere 1879 E. H. Rood 1880 John W. Trotter 1881-83 Benjamin F. Funk 1884-85 Lewis B. Thomas 1886-88 Judson R. Mason 1889-90 Christian F. Koch 1891 Daniel T. Foster 1892-94 George M. Smith 1895 Edgar M. Heafer 1896 Daniel T. Foster 1897 Christian F. Koch 1898-99 Lewis B. Thomas 1900-03 George C. Morrison 1903-05 James S. Neville 1905-06 A. G. Erickson 1906-07 Edward Holland 1907-09 Richard L. Carlock 1909-11 Albert L. Moore 1911-12 James Costello 1912-15 Edwin E. Jones 1915-23 Frank Shorthose 1923-24 Frank H. Blose 1924-27 Ben S. Rhodes 1927-33 Louis F. Wellmerling 1935-37 Mark B. Hayes 1937-49 Cecil Roscoe Cone 1949-53 O. Lloyd Welsh 1953-57 Robert J. McGraw 1957-69 Walter Bittner as of 1969 Stephen Stockton 2005-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1876: E. B. Steere, elected.
  • 1878: John Reed, elected.
  • 1879: E. B. Steere, elected.
  • 1906 Aug 17: James S. Neville, died in office.
  • 1912 Sep 13: Albert L. Moore, resigned.
  • 1924 Jan 4: Frank Shorthose, died in office.
  • 1940: John A. Moore (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1953 Apr 7: O. Lloyd Welsh, elected; Robert J. McGraw, defeated.
  • 2005: Stephen Stockton, elected.

    Postmasters at Bloomington, 1881-1911 (may be incomplete!)
    G. F. Dick as of 1881-83 Thomas J. Bunn as of 1885-87 Allen T. Barnes 1899-1901 Jacob A. Bohrer as of 1911

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1901 May 30: Allen T. Barnes, died in office.
  • "Enjoy the hospitable entertainment of a political graveyard."
    Henry L. Clinton, Apollo Hall, New York City, February 3, 1872
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