The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Westland, Michigan
including Nankin Township, Pikes Peak
Mayors, Township Supervisors, Postmasters

Mayors of Westland, 1966-2010 (may be incomplete!)
Thomas H. Brown 1966-69 Eugene McKinney 1970-75 Thomas F. Taylor 1976-81 Charles W. Pickering, Jr. 1982-85 Charles Griffin 1986-89 Robert J. Thomas 1990-2001 Sandra A. Cicirelli 2002-06 William R. Wild 2007-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 2001 Nov 6: Sandra A. Cicirelli, elected.
  • 2005 Nov 8: Sandra A. Cicirelli, elected; Elenor Swistak, defeated.

    Nankin Township
    (incorporated as the city of Westland 1966)

    Supervisors of Nankin Township, 1830-1965 (may be incomplete!)
    Marcus Smith 1830-33 Ammon Brown as of 1833-35 Maurice C. Bird as of 1930 William Faust 1963-65

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1866 Apr 2: J. J. Palmer (Dem), elected.
  • 1880 Apr 5: Charles P. Cady (Dem), elected.
  • 1901 Apr 1: Underwood (Rep), elected; Egler (Dem), defeated.
  • 1924 Apr 7: Peter J. Schneider (Rep), elected.
  • 1936 Apr 6: Charles A. Truesdell (Rep), elected.
  • 1940 Apr 1: Albert R. Walker (Rep), elected; August Elwart (Dem), defeated.
  • 1949 Apr 4: Sherman L. Bunnell (Rep), elected.
  • 1951 Apr 2: Sherman L. Bunnell (Rep), elected.

    Pikes Peak
    (now part of Westland)

    Postmasters at Pikes Peak, 1901 (may be incomplete!)
    Leander J. Meldrum as of 1901

  • "Enjoy the hospitable entertainment of a political graveyard."
    Henry L. Clinton, Apollo Hall, New York City, February 3, 1872
    The Political Graveyard

    The Political Graveyard is a web site about U.S. political history and cemeteries. Founded in 1996, it is the Internet's most comprehensive free source for American political biography, listing 320,919 politicians, living and dead.
      The coverage of this site includes (1) the President, Vice President, members of Congress, elected state and territorial officeholders in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories; and the chief elected official, typically the mayor, of qualifying municipalities; (2) candidates at election, including primaries, for any of the above; (3) all federal judges and all state appellate judges; (4) certain federal officials, including the federal cabinet, diplomatic chiefs of mission, consuls, U.S. district attorneys, collectors of customs and internal revenue, members of major federal commissions; and political appointee (pre-1969) postmasters of qualifying communities; (5) state and national political party officials, including delegates, alternate delegates, and other participants in national party nominating conventions; (6) Americans who served as "honorary" consuls for other nations before 1950. Note: municipalities or communities "qualify", for Political Graveyard purposes, if they have at least half a million person-years of history, inclusive of predecessor, successor, and merged entities.  
      The listings are incomplete; development of the database is a continually ongoing project.  
      Information on this page — and on all other pages of this site — is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. Users are advised to check with other sources before relying on any information here.  
      The official URL for this page is: https://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/MI/ofc/westland.html .  
      Links to this or any other Political Graveyard page are welcome, but specific page addresses may sometimes change as the site develops.  
      If you are searching for a specific named individual, try the alphabetical index of politicians.  
    Copyright notices: (1) Facts are not subject to copyright; see Feist v. Rural Telephone. (2) Politician portraits displayed on this site are 70-pixel-wide monochrome thumbnail images, which I believe to constitute fair use under applicable copyright law. Where possible, each image is linked to its online source. However, requests from owners of copyrighted images to delete them from this site are honored. (3) Original material, programming, selection and arrangement are © 1996-2023 Lawrence Kestenbaum. (4) This work is also licensed for free non-commercial re-use, with attribution, under a Creative Commons License.
    Site information: The Political Graveyard is created and maintained by Lawrence Kestenbaum, who is solely responsible for its structure and content. — The mailing address is The Political Graveyard, P.O. Box 2563, Ann Arbor MI 48106. — This site is hosted by HDL. — The Political Graveyard opened on July 1, 1996; the last full revision was done on March 8, 2023.

Commons License Follow polgraveyard on Twitter [Amazon.com]