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Lincoln, Nebraska
including University Place
Mayors, Postmasters

Mayors of Lincoln, 1871-2011 (may be incomplete!)
William F. Chapin 1871-72 Erastus E. Brown 1872-73 Robert D. Silver, Jr. 1873-74 Samuel W. Little 1874-75 Amasa Cobb 1875-76 Robert D. Silver, Jr. 1876-77 Harvey Wesley Hardy 1877-79 Seth P. Galey 1879-80 John H. Wright 1880-81 John Doolittle 1882-83 Robert Emmett Moore 1883-85 Carlos C. Burr 1885-87 Andrew J. Sawyer 1887-89 Robert B. Graham 1889-91 Austin H. Weir 1891-95 Frank A. Graham 1895-99 Hudson J. Winnett 1899-1903 George A. Adams 1903-05 Francis W. Brown 1905-09 Don L. Love 1909-11 Alvin H. Armstrong 1911-13 Frank C. Zehrung 1913-15 Charles W. Bryan 1915-17 John Eschelman Miller 1917-20 Frank C. Zehrung 1921-27 Vern Hedge 1927-29 Don L. Love 1929-31 Frank C. Zehrung 1931-33 Fenton B. Fleming 1933-35 Charles W. Bryan 1935-37 Oren S. Copeland 1937-39 Robert Erle Campbell 1939-41 Richard O. Johnson 1941-43 Lloyd J. Marti 1943-47 Clarence G. Miles 1947-50 Thomas R. Pansing 1950 Victor E. Anderson 1950-53 Clark Jeary 1953-56 Bennett S. Martin 1956-59 Bartlett E. Boyles 1959-63 Dell L. Tyrell 1963 Dean H. Petersen 1963-67 Sam Schwartzkopf 1967-75 Helen Boosalis 1975-83 Roland A. Luedtke 1983-87 Bill Harris 1987-91 Mike Johanns 1991-98 Dale Young 1998-99 Don Wesely 1999-2003 Coleen Seng 2003-07 Chris Beutler 2007-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1895 Apr 2: Frank A. Graham (Rep), elected; Jefferson H. Broady (Dem), defeated.
  • 1955: Clark Jeary, elected.
  • 1956: Clark Jeary, resigned.
  • 1959 Apr 7: Bennett S. Martin, nominated; Bartlett E. Boyles, nominated.
  • 1959 May 5: Bartlett E. Boyles, elected; Bennett S. Martin, defeated.
  • 1967: Sam Schwartzkopf, elected.
  • 1971: Sam Schwartzkopf, elected.
  • 1975: Sam Schwartzkopf, defeated.
  • 1999 Apr 6: Don Wesely, nominated; Cindy Johnson, nominated; Jim Wrenholt, defeated in primary; Terry Kubicek, defeated in primary; Randall Reichert, defeated in primary.
  • 1999 May 4: Don Wesely, elected; Cindy Johnson, defeated.
  • 2003 Apr 8: Glenn Friendt, nominated; Coleen Seng, nominated.
  • 2003 May 6: Coleen Seng, elected; Glenn Friendt, defeated.
  • 2007 Apr 3: Chris Beutler, nominated; Ken Svoboda, nominated; Roger Yant, Sr., defeated in primary; Mike Deal, defeated in primary.
  • 2007 May 1: Chris Beutler, elected; Ken Svoboda, defeated.
  • 2011 Apr 5: Chris Beutler, nominated; Tammy Buffington, nominated.
  • 2011 May 3: Chris Beutler, elected; Tammy Buffington, defeated.

    Postmasters at Lincoln, 1868-1971 (may be incomplete!)
    Charles C. Cook 1868 William J. Abbott 1868-69 Cyrus N. Baird 1869-75 Otto Funke 1875-81 Joseph C. McBride 1881-85 Albert Watkins 1885-89 Charles H. Gere 1889-94 John H. Harley 1894-98 Herbert M. Bushnell 1898-1902 Edward R. Sizer 1902-14 Francis W. Brown 1914-15 L. G. Ludlam 1915 Addison S. Tibbets 1915 J. Guthrie Ludlam 1915 Frederick E. Shepherd 1915 Samuel G. Hudson 1915-20 Fred B. Horham 1920-21 E. G. Bivins 1921 Fred B. Horham 1921 William L. McClay 1921-27 Lucius H. Watson 1927-28 Trevelyan E. Gillaspie 1928-36 Robert E. Fenton 1936-37 Robert E. Fenton 1937-43 Orion E. Jerner 1943-62 Kenneth P. Lewis 1962-63 Kenneth P. Lewis 1963-71

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1920 Mar 12: Samuel G. Hudson, died in office.

    University Place
    (annexed to Lincoln 1926)

    Mayors of University Place, 1896-1914 (may be incomplete!)
    C. W. Beecher 1890 Peter Shellhorn 1896-99

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1896 Apr 7: Peter Shellhorn (Citizens), elected; C. W. Beecher (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1897 Apr 6: Peter Shellhorn (Rep), elected; C. W. Beecher (Citizens), defeated; Thomas Wimberly, defeated.
  • 1898 Apr 5: Peter Shellhorn (Rep), elected.
  • 1899 Apr 4: A. W. Wells (Rep), elected unopposed.
  • 1913 Mar 15: W. F. Miller, nominated; John Elliott, nominated; W. E. Kerr, defeated in primary; F. W. Miles, defeated in primary.
  • 1913 Apr 1: W. F. Miller, elected; John Elliott, defeated.
  • 1914 Apr 7: W. C. Atkins, elected; E. M. Bair, defeated.
  • "Enjoy the hospitable entertainment of a political graveyard."
    Henry L. Clinton, Apollo Hall, New York City, February 3, 1872
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