The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
including Allegheny, Carrick, St. Clair, Knoxville
Mayors, Chief Burgesses, Postmasters, Burgesses

Mayors of Pittsburgh, 1816-2006 (may be incomplete!)
Ebeneezer Denny 1816-17 John Darrah 1817-25 John M. Snowden 1825-28 Magnus M. Murray 1828-30 Matthew B. Lowrie 1830-31 Magnus M. Murray 1831-32 Samuel Pettigrew 1832-36 Jonas R. McClintock 1836-39 William Little 1839-40 William W. Irwin 1840-41 James Thompson 1841-42 Alexander Hay 1842-45 William J. Howard 1845-46 William Kerr 1846-47 Gabriel Adams 1847-49 John Herron 1849-50 Joseph Barker 1850-51 John B. Guthrie 1851-53 Robert M. Riddle 1853-54 Ferdinand E. Volz 1854-56 William Bingham 1856-57 Henry A. Weaver 1857-60 George Wilson 1860-62 B. C. Sawyer 1862-64 James Lowry, Jr. 1864-66 William C. McCarthy 1866-68 James Blackmore 1868-69 Jared M. Brush 1869-72 James Blackmore 1872-75 William C. McCarthy 1875-78 Robert Liddell 1878-81 Robert W. Lyon 1881-84 Andrew Fulton 1884-87 William McCallin 1887-90 Henry I. Gourley 1890-93 Bernard McKenna 1893-96 Henry P. Ford 1896-99 William J. Diehl 1899-1901 William B. Hays 1903-06 George W. Guthrie 1906-09 William A. Magee 1909-14 Joseph G. Armstrong 1914-18 Edward V. Babcock 1918-22 William A. Magee 1922-26 Charles H. Kline 1926-33 John S. Herron 1933-34 William N. McNair 1934-36 Cornelius D. Scully 1936-46 David L. Lawrence 1946-59 Thomas J. Gallagher 1959 Joseph M. Barr 1959-70 Peter F. Flaherty 1970-77 Richard S. Caliguiri 1977-88 Sophie Masloff 1988-94 Thomas J. Murphy 1994-2006 Bob O'Connor 2006 Luke Ravenstahl 2006-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1851: Joseph Barker, defeated.
  • 1852: Joseph Barker, defeated.
  • 1896: George W. Guthrie, defeated.
  • 1906 Feb 20: George W. Guthrie (Dem), elected; Alexander M. Jenkinson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1913: Stephen G. Porter, defeated.
  • 1929 Nov 5: Charles H. Kline (Rep), elected; Thomas A. Dunn (Dem & Good Government), defeated; William J. Van Essen (Socialist), defeated; H. Rea Garber (Prohibition), defeated; Emmett P. Cush (Communist), defeated.
  • 1933 Sep 19: William N. McNair (Dem), nominated; John M. Henry (Dem), defeated in primary; Henry J. Farnsworth (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1933 Nov 7: William N. McNair (Dem), elected; John S. Herron (Rep & Citizens), defeated; William J. Van Essen (Socialist), defeated; Joseph Mackrell (Liberal & Square Deal), defeated; George D. Harger (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1941 Nov 4: Cornelius D. Scully (Dem), elected; Harmar D. Denny, Jr. (Rep), defeated.
  • 1953 Nov 3: David L. Lawrence (Dem), elected; Leonard P. Kane (Rep), defeated.
  • 1959 Nov 3: Joseph M. Barr, elected.
  • 1969: Peter F. Flaherty (Dem), elected; John K. Tabor (Rep), defeated.
  • 1973: Richard S. Caliguiri (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1977: Richard S. Caliguiri (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1977: Richard S. Caliguiri (Ind), elected.
  • 1978: Thomas Foerster (Dem), defeated; Richard S. Caliguiri (Ind), elected.
  • 1988 May 6: Richard S. Caliguiri, died in office.
  • 1989: Thomas J. Murphy (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1989: Sophie Masloff, elected; Frank Lucchino, defeated.
  • 1997: Bob O'Connor (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2001 May 15: Thomas J. Murphy (Dem), nominated; Bob O'Connor (Dem), defeated in primary; Leroy L. Hodge (Dem), defeated in primary; Joshua Pollock (Dem), defeated in primary; Earl V. Jones, Sr. (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2001 May 15: James Carmine (Rep), nominated; Mark Rauterkus (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2001 Nov 6: Thomas J. Murphy (Dem), elected; James Carmine (Rep), defeated; Chaston Roston (Ind), defeated; Francis V. Forrestal (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 2005: Bob O'Connor (Dem), elected.
  • 2006 Sep 1: Bob O'Connor, died in office.

    Chief Burgesses of Pittsburgh, 1794-1813 (may be incomplete!)
    George Robinson 1794-1800 John Park 1800-01 George Stevenson 1801-02 Isaac Craig 1802-03 James O'Hara 1803-04 Presley Neville 1804-05 William Steele 1812-13

    Postmasters at Pittsburgh, 1788-1972 (may be incomplete!)
    William Tilton 1788-89 John Scull 1789-96 George Adams 1796 George Adams 1796-1801 Hugh Scott 1801-04 John Johnston 1804-22 William Eichbaum, Jr. 1822-33 David Lynch 1833-40 James Kennedy Moorhead 1840-41 Robert M. Riddle 1841-45 Chambers McKibbin 1845-49 Samuel Roseburgh 1849-53 Robert B. Anderson 1853-58 John C. Dunn 1858-61 Sidney F. Von Bonnhorst 1861-66 Wade Hampton 1866-67 James H. McClellan 1867-70 John H. Stewart 1870-73 Edward C. Negley 1873-77 George H. Anderson 1877-81 Benjamin Darlington 1881-82 William H. McLeary 1882-85 John B. Larkin 1885-89 James S. McKean 1889-94 John C. O'Donnell 1894-98 George L. Holliday 1898-1906 William H. Davis 1906-15 George W. McNeil 1915-16 Alexander S. Guffey 1916 Alexander S. Guffey 1916-21 George W. Gosser 1921-30 William A. Kenyon 1930-31 James B. Anderson 1931-33 William M. Turner 1933-34 William M. Turner 1934-35 Stephen A. Bodkin 1935-36 Ralph E. Smith 1936 Ralph E. Smith 1936-38 Tom C. Cargill 1938 Stephen A. Bodkin 1938-39 Stephen A. Bodkin 1939-47 James C. Smith 1947 James C. Smith 1947-61 Edward G. Coll 1961 Edward G. Coll 1961-72

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1804: Hugh Scott, died in office.

    (annexed to Pittsburgh 1907)

    Mayors of Allegheny, 1840-95 (may be incomplete!)
    William Robinson, Jr. 1840 Thomas Sample 1841 William B. Foster 1842-43 Hezekiah Nixon 1844-45 R. S. Cassett 1846 Henry Campbell 1847-48 Jonathan Rush 1849 Hugh S. Fleming 1850-52 R. W. Park 1853 William B. Adams 1854-56 Harmon DeHaven 1857 Jacob Stuckrath 1858 John Morrison 1859-60 Simon Drum 1861-62 A. C. Alexander 1863-64 John Morrison 1865-67 Simon Drum 1868-69 A. P. Callow 1870-74 David Neely 1874 Hugh S. Fleming 1874 O. Phillips 1875-77 Thomas Magaw 1878-80 L. Peterson 1881-84 James G. Wyman 1884-87 Richard T. Pearson 1887-88 James G. Wyman as of 1892 W. M. Kennedy as of 1895

    Burgesses of Allegheny, 1829-40 (may be incomplete!)
    John Irwin 1829-34 Hugh Davis 1835-38 John Morrison 1839-40

    Postmasters at Allegheny, 1855-1901 (may be incomplete!)
    Thomas Farley as of 1855 J. A. Myler as of 1875-79 J. Swan as of 1887 I. R. Stayton as of 1895-97 James A. Grier as of 1899-1901

    (annexed to Pittsburgh 1927)

    Burgesses of Carrick, 1923 (may be incomplete!)
    Ellsworth C. Trott as of 1923

    Postmasters at Carrick, 1855-1901 (may be incomplete!)
    Christopher Linhart as of 1855 James Wilson as of 1879 Joseph A. Werner as of 1899-1901

    St. Clair
    (annexed to Pittsburgh 1920s)

    Burgesses of St. Clair, 1923 (may be incomplete!)
    George Jochum as of 1923

    (annexed to Pittsburgh 1920s)

    Burgesses of Knoxville, 1923 (may be incomplete!)
    Howard B. McNutt as of 1923

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