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Mayors and Postmasters of New Bedford, Massachusetts

Mayors of New Bedford, 1847-2012 (may be incomplete!)
Abraham H. Howland 1847-51 William J. Rotch 1852 Rodney French 1853-54 George Howland, Jr. 1855-56 George H. Dunbar 1857-58 Willard Nye 1859 Isaac C. Taber 1860-62 George Howland, Jr. 1862-65 John H. Perry 1866-67 Andrew G. Peirce 1868-69 George B. Richmond 1870-72 George H. Dunbar 1873 George B. Richmond 1874 Abraham H. Howland, Jr. 1875-76 Alanson Borden 1877 George B. Richmond 1878 William T. Soule 1879-80 George W. Wilson 1881-84 Morgan Rotch 1885-88 Walter Clifford 1889-90 Charles S. Ashley 1891-92 Jethro C. Brock 1893 Stephen Allen Brownell 1894 David L. Parker 1895-96 Charles S. Ashley 1897-1905 Thomas Thompson 1906 Charles S. Ashley 1907 William J. Bullock 1908-09 Charles S. Ashley 1910-14 Edward R. Hathaway 1915-16 Charles S. Ashley 1917-21 Walter H. B. Remington 1922-24 Edward R. Hathaway 1925-26 Charles S. Ashley 1927-36 Leo E. J. Carney 1937-40 Matthew A. Glynn 1941-42 Arthur N. Harriman 1943-51 Edward C. Peirce 1952-53 Francis J. Lawler 1953 Arthur N. Harriman 1954-55 Francis J. Lawler 1956-61 Edward F. Harrington 1962-69 George Rogers 1970-71 John A. Markey 1972-82 Cynthia G. Kruger 1982-83 Brian Lawler 1983-85 John K. Bullard 1986-91 Rosemary S. Tierney 1992-98 Frederick J. Kalisz, Jr. 1998-2006 Scott W. Lang 2006-11 Jonathan F. Mitchell 2012-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1889 Dec 3: Walter Clifford (Citizens), elected.
  • 1893 Dec 5: Stephen Allen Brownell (Independent Citizens), elected; Jethro C. Brock (Citizens), defeated.
  • 1894 Dec 4: David L. Parker (Citizens), elected; Stephen Allen Brownell (Independent Citizens), defeated.
  • 1911 Dec 5: Charles S. Ashley (Citizens), elected.
  • 1912 Dec 3: Charles S. Ashley, elected.
  • 1918 Dec 3: Charles S. Ashley, elected.
  • 1932 Dec 6: Charles S. Ashley, elected; Charles F. Archambealt, defeated.
  • 1953 Nov 3: Arthur N. Harriman, elected; Francis J. Lawler, defeated.
  • 1999 Nov 2: Frederick J. Kalisz, Jr., elected; Eddie L. Johnson, defeated.

    Postmasters at New Bedford, 1792-1989 (may be incomplete!)
    William Tobey 1792-1806 Abraham Smith 1806-26 Richard Williams 1826-40 Simeon Bailey 1840-45 Edward W. Green 1845-49 Simeon Bailey 1849-52 Thomas Coggeshall, Jr. 1852-53 Joseph C. Kent 1853-57 John Fraser 1857-61 Cyrus W. Chapman 1861-70 Edmund Anthony 1870-76 Thomas Coggeshall, Jr. 1876-87 Albert H. W. Carpenter 1887-89 Charles H. Gifford 1889-94 Charles S. Ashley 1894-97 David L. Parker 1897-1902 John Duff 1902-10 Frank C. Barrows 1910-15 George L. Olivier 1915-23 Harold Winslow 1923 Harold Winslow 1923-36 James A. Murphy 1936-52 Hazel R. Murphy 1952-53 John J. Gobell 1953-54 John J. Gobell 1954-65 Antoine Silva 1965-66 Antoine Silva 1966-89

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