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Reading, Pennsylvania
Mayors, Chief Burgesses, Postmasters

Mayors of Reading, 1847-1964 (may be incomplete!)
Peter Filbert 1847-48 William H. Keim 1848-49 George Getz 1849-53 George M. Keim 1853 Daniel R. Clymer 1853-54 John S. Richards 1854-55 William M. Baird 1855-56 Joel B. Wanner 1856-57 A. Jordan Swartz 1857-58 Benneville Keim 1858-61 Joel B. Wanner 1861-63 Joseph S. Hoyer 1863-65 Nathan M. Eisenhower 1865-67 William H. Gernand 1867-71 Samuel C. Mayer 1871-73 Charles F. Evans 1873-79 Henry A. Tyson 1879-81 William G. Rowe 1881-85 James K. Getz 1885-87 James R. Kenney 1887-91 Thomas P. Merritt 1891-93 William F. Shanaman 1893-96 Jacob Weidel 1896-99 Adam H. Leader 1899-1902 Edward Yeager 1902-05 Edwin R. Gerber 1905-08 William Rick 1908-12 Ira W. Stratton 1912-16 Edward H. Filbert 1916-20 John K. Stauffer 1920-24 William E. Sharman 1924-28 J. Henry Stump 1928-29 Heber Ermentrout 1932-35 J. Henry Stump as of 1935-37 James B. Bamford as of 1953-55 Daniel F. McDevitt as of 1956 John C. Kubacki as of 1960 Eugene L. Shirk as of 1964

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1847: Peter Filbert (Dem), elected; William H. Keim (Whig), defeated; W. A. Wells, defeated.
  • 1848: William H. Keim (Whig), elected; Daniel R. Clymer (Dem), defeated.
  • 1849: George Getz (Whig), elected; Andrew M. Sallade (Dem), defeated; Peter Filbert, defeated.
  • 1850: George Getz (Whig), elected; Andrew M. Sallade (Dem), defeated.
  • 1851: George Getz (Whig), elected; Peter Filbert (Dem), defeated.
  • 1852: George Getz (Whig), elected; Daniel R. Clymer (Dem), defeated.
  • 1853: Daniel R. Clymer (Dem), elected; John S. Richards (Whig), defeated.
  • 1853 Feb 10: George Getz, died in office.
  • 1854: John S. Richards (Ind), elected; Daniel R. Clymer (Dem), defeated; John C. Myers (Ind), defeated; William Mason, defeated.
  • 1855: William M. Baird (American), elected; Samuel L. Young (Fusion), defeated.
  • 1856: Joel B. Wanner (Dem), elected; Peter Filbert (American), defeated.
  • 1857: A. Jordan Swartz (Dem), elected; Charles K. Robeson (Fusion), defeated.
  • 1858: Benneville Keim (American), elected; Jacob M. Sallade (Dem), defeated.
  • 1859: Benneville Keim (American), elected; John K. McKurdy (Dem), defeated.
  • 1860: Benneville Keim (People's), elected; Michael Kraemer, Sr. (Dem), defeated.
  • 1861: Joel B. Wanner (Dem), elected; Benneville Keim (Rep), defeated.
  • 1863: Joseph S. Hoyer (Dem), elected; David McKnight (Rep), defeated.
  • 1865: Nathan M. Eisenhower (Rep), elected; Matthias Mengel (Dem), defeated.

    Chief Burgesses of Reading, 1815-47 (may be incomplete!)
    John Spayd 1815-23 William Witman 1823-25 Peter Nagle, Jr. 1825-31 Henry A. Muhlenberg 1831-32 Peter Nagle, Jr. 1832-33 George de Benneville Keim 1833-34 Anthony Bickel 1834-35 Thomas Kepple 1835-36 William Schoener 1836-37 Peter Nagle, Jr. 1837-39 William Schoener 1839-43 William High 1843-44 William Betz 1844-47

    Postmasters at Reading, 1792-1973 (may be incomplete!)
    Gottlieb Jungman 1792-1801 John Walter 1801-29 Samuel Ritter 1829-41 Charles Troxell 1841-45 John K. Wright 1845-49 Henry Rhoades 1849-53 Lewis H. Wunder 1853-57 Philip K. Miller 1857-61 Jacob Knabb 1861-65 William Briner 1865-69 John Fritz 1869-71 Matilda Fritz 1871-75 George W. Grant 1875-82 George K. Whitner 1882-86 Calvin Goodman 1886-91 Prince R. Stetson 1891-95 John S. Thompson 1895-99 Augustus M. High 1899-1913 Horace H. Hammer 1913 Charles N. Seitzinger 1913-22 Horace H. Hammer 1922-36 Walter A. Ringler 1936-51 Bruce R. Coleman 1951-53 Harold D. Schildt 1953-54 Harold D. Schildt 1954-73

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