The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Mayors and Postmasters of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mayors of Cambridge, 1892-2011 (may be incomplete!)
Alpheus B. Alger as of 1892 William Bancroft 1893-97 Alvin F. Sortwell 1897-99 Edgar R. Champlin 1899-1901 David T. Dickinson 1901-02 John H. H. McNamee 1902-04 Augustine J. Daly 1904-06 Charles H. Thurston 1906-07 Walter C. Wardwell 1907-08 William F. Brooks 1908-11 J. Edward Barry 1911-14 Timothy W. Good 1914-15 Wendell D. Rockwood 1916-18 Edward W. Quinn 1918-30 Richard M. Russell 1930-36 John D. Lynch 1936-38 John W. Lyons 1938-41 Francis C. Sennott 1941 John H. Corcoran 1942-45 John D. Lynch 1946-47 Michael J. Neville 1948-49 Edward A. Crane 1950-51 Joseph A. DeGuglielmo 1952-53 John J. Foley 1954-55 Edward Sullivan 1956-57 Tom McNamara 1958-59 Edward A. Crane 1960-65 Daniel Hayes 1966-67 Walter Sullivan 1968-69 Alfred Vellucci 1970-71 Barbara Ackermann 1972-73 Walter Sullivan 1974-75 Alfred Vellucci 1976-77 Thomas Danehy 1978-79 Francis Duehay 1980-81 Alfred Vellucci 1982-83 Leonard Russell 1984-85 Francis Duehay 1985 Walter Sullivan 1986-87 Alfred Vellucci 1988-89 Alice Wolf 1990-91 Kenneth E. Reeves 1992-95 Sheeila Russell 1996-97 Francis Duehay 1998-99 Anthony D. Galluccio 2000-01 Michael A. Sullivan 2002- Kenneth E. Reeves as of 2007 David P. Maher 2010-11

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1905 Dec 12: Charles H. Thurston (Dem), elected.
  • 1907 Dec 10: Walter C. Wardwell, elected.
  • 1939 Nov 7: John W. Lyons, elected; Richard M. Russell, defeated.
  • 1945 Dec 28: John H. Corcoran, died in office.
  • 1985 Jun 16: Leonard Russell, died in office.

    Postmasters at Cambridge, 1802-73 (may be incomplete!)
    Ebenezer Stedman 1802-15 Joseph S. Reed 1815-31 Samuel Newell 1831-43 Thomas J. Whittemore 1843-49 Nathan Fiske 1849-53 William Caldwell 1853-61 George M. Osgood 1861-73

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