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Mayors and Postmasters of Rock Island, Illinois


Mayors of Rock Island, 1849-2007 (may be incomplete!)
Benjamin Barrett 1849-50 Benjamin Barrett 1855-56 Thomas Jefferson Buford 1860 James Monroe Buford 1870 Henry Carse 1880-83 James Z. Mott 1883-85 Thomas Murdock 1885-87 Virgil M. Blanding 1887-89 William McConochie 1889-93 Thomas J. Medill, Jr. 1893-95 B. Frank Knox 1895-97 Thomas J. Medill, Jr. 1897-99 William McConochie 1899-1901 B. Frank Knox 1901-03 William McConochie 1903-05 George W. McCaskrin 1905-07 Harry C. Schaffer 1907-09 George W. McCaskrin 1909-11 Harry M. Schriver 1911-15 William McConochie 1915-19 Harry M. Schriver 1919-23 Walter A. Rosenfield 1923-27 Chester Thompson 1927-32 Clarence Hodson 1932-34 John Graham 1934-35 John A. Bengston 1935-37 Robert P. Galbraith 1937-45 Melvin McKay 1945-53 Carl F. Bauer 1953-57 Warren Yerger 1957-61 Morris E. Muhleman 1961-65 James H. Haymaker 1965-77 Alan A. Campbell 1977-78 James R. Davis 1979-85 Robert Millett 1985-89 Mark W. Schwiebert 1989-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1927 Apr 19: Chester Thompson (Dem), elected; William R. Carse (Rep), defeated.
  • 1964: Chester Thompson, defeated.


    Postmasters at Rock Island, 1841-1970 (may be incomplete!)
    Charles A. Garnsey 1841-43 John Buford 1843-47 Harman G. Reynolds 1847-49 Elbridge R. Bean 1849-53 James Kelley 1853-56 Lewis M. Webber 1856-58 Herman Field 1858-61 Calvin Truesdale 1861-65 John B. Hawley 1865-66 James F. Copp 1866-67 Marcus B. Osborn 1867-71 Levi M. Haverstick 1871-73 William Jackson 1873-76 Thomas Murdock 1876-80 James M. Beardsley 1880-84 Charles W. Hawes 1884-88 August Huesing 1888-89 Howard Wells 1889-93 John W. Potter 1893-97 Thomas H. Thomas 1897-1906 Hugh A. J. McDonald 1906-14 Harry P. Simpson 1914-23 Hugh A. J. McDonald 1923-24 Hugh A. J. McDonald 1924-36 John J. McCarthy 1936-57 Carl F. Bauer 1957-58 Carl J. L. Wessel 1958 Carl J. L. Wessel 1958-70

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