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Altoona, Pennsylvania
including Juniata
Mayors, Chief Burgesses, Postmasters, Burgesses


Mayors of Altoona, 1868-1971 (may be incomplete!)
George Potts 1868-72 David Kinch 1872-74 D. A. Gilland 1874-78 Thomas Hurd 1878-80 William T. Howard 1880-84 C. J. Mann 1884-86 S. J. Breth 1886-88 E. H. Turner 1888-90 Theodore Burchfield 1890-93 Samuel M. Hoyer 1893-96 H. C. Barr 1896-99 Ellsworth F. Giles 1899-1902 Samuel M. Hoyer 1902-05 S. H. Walker 1905-08 Samuel M. Hoyer 1908-11 S. H. Walker 1911-13 Charles E. Rhodes as of 1920 Ellsworth F. Giles as of 1927 John J. McMurray as of 1929-33 J. Harry Moser as of 1935-37 J. Lester Laughlin 1950-51 Walter H. Grove 1952-55 Robert W. Anthony 1956 Roy F. Thompson as of 1960 William H. Prosser as of 1964 Andronic Pappas as of 1971

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1951: Walter H. Grove (Rep), nominated; J. Lester Laughlin (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1951 Nov 6: Walter H. Grove (Rep), elected.
  • 1955 May 17: Robert W. Anthony (Dem), nominated; Thomas M. Shute (Dem), defeated in primary; John Milliron (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1955 May 17: J. Lester Laughlin (Rep), nominated; Walter H. Grove (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1955 Nov 8: Robert W. Anthony (Dem), elected; J. Lester Laughlin (Rep), defeated.


    Chief Burgesses of Altoona, 1854-68 (may be incomplete!)
    George W. Patton 1854-55 Thomas McCauley 1856 James Lowther 1857 Enos M. Jones 1858-59 W. C. McCormick 1860-61 John Allison 1862-63 William Leonard 1864-65 John Baer 1866 Henry C. Dern 1866 Henry Fettinger 1867-68

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1854 Mar 10: George W. Patton, elected.


    Postmasters at Altoona, 1850-1978 (may be incomplete!)
    George C. Ferree 1850-52 Thomas Elway 1852-53 Henry A. Sellers 1853-56 John Shoemaker 1856-61 George W. Patton 1861-69 Frank B. Stewart 1869-77 Theodore Blair Patton 1877-91 Albert P. MacDonald 1891-96 Hambleton P. Wilson 1896-1905 George Fox 1905-13 Ellsworth F. Giles 1913-22 Jay E. Brumbaugh 1922-33 Arthur B. Clark 1933-34 Arthur B. Clark 1934-38 Paul V. Tillard 1938-40 Paul V. Tillard 1940-53 Bruce Crumm 1953-54 Bruce Crumm 1954-65 Robert W. Anthony 1965-67 Robert W. Anthony 1967-78


    Juniata
    (annexed to Altoona 1929)

    Burgesses of Juniata, 1923 (may be incomplete!)
    Blair N. Boyles as of 1923

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