George J. Karb

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George John Karb
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30th and 39th Mayor of Columbus
In office
January 1, 1912 – January 1, 1920
Preceded by George S. Marshall
Succeeded by James J. Thomas
In office
Preceded by Philip H. Bruck
Succeeded by Cotton H. Allen
Personal details
Born (1858-02-15)February 15, 1858
Columbus, Ohio
Died May 15, 1937(1937-05-15) (aged 79)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Green Lawn Abbey
Columbus, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kate M. Van Dine
Residence 1788 Bryden Road
Columbus, Ohio
Profession Druggist
County Sheriff
Police Commissioner
Member of City Council

George John Karb (February 15, 1858 – May 15, 1937) was the 30th and 39th mayor of Columbus, Ohio and the 27th person to serve in that office. He was first elected in 1890 and served Columbus for two consecutive terms. After four years as mayor, he was elected as Sheriff of Franklin County. He later resought election in the 1911 mayoral campaign and defeated incumbent Republican mayor George S. Marshall. He served Columbus as mayor during World War I and the Spanish Influenza of 1918. After three consecutive terms in office Karb was defeated in the 1919 mayoral election by James J. Thomas. Karb died on May 15, 1937.[1]


  • Columbus in the Spot Light-- Marshallism Dealt a Fearful Blow (1913)
  • Columbus, Ohio, Industrial, Commercial, Financial, Residential, Institutional: The City with a Future (1919)


  1. ^ Egger, Charles, ed. (1975). Columbus Mayors (PDF). Columbus, Ohio: Columbus Citizen-Journal. p. 34. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Philip H. Bruck
Mayor of Columbus, Ohio
Succeeded by
Cotton H. Allen
Preceded by
George S. Marshall
Mayor of Columbus, Ohio
Succeeded by
James J. Thomas