Leo P. Carlin

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Leo P. Carlin
Born (1908-08-12)August 12, 1908
Newark, New Jersey
Died December 17, 1999(1999-12-17) (aged 91)
Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey
Spouse(s) Margaret Gallagher (c1910-1999) m. 1948

Leo P. Carlin (August 12, 1908 – December 17, 1999) was the Democratic Mayor of Newark, New Jersey from 1953 to 1962.

Biography[edit]

He was born on August 12, 1908 in Newark, New Jersey to Hugh Carlin and Annie Duffy. He was one of 22 children that his father had with his two wives. He attended Saint Benedict's Preparatory School, but left before graduating, to go to work to help support his family. He first served on the New Jersey General Assembly. He was president of Newark's Board of Education and was the longtime president of Local 478 of the Brotherhood of Teamsters and Chauffeurs.[1]

Although accused of being part of a corrupt political machine, one major contribution Carlin made was to call together the CEOs of Newark's 18 largest corporations in an effort to stem the outward movement of companies to the suburbs. The Star-Ledger wrote:

The term New Newark came into existence in 1954, largely as a result of the recently elected Mayor Leo Carlin, who called together the CEOs of Newark's 18 largest corporations in an effort to stem the outward movement of companies to the suburbs. At first, the organization was composed exclusively of business leaders who met quarterly. One of its best-known chairs was David Yunich, president of Bamberger's. ... But as time passed, the organization expanded to encompass the Newark Economic Development Committee. It was made up of representatives not only from business, but also labor and government, and better represented the whole community. One of its recommendations called for the redevelopment of the area adjoining Pennsylvania Station.[2]

He died on December 17, 1999 in Avon-by-Sea, New Jersey, aged 91.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pace, Eric (December 22, 1999). "Leo Carlin, a Mayor of Newark, Dies at 91". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-30. "Leo P. Carlin, Democratic mayor of Newark from 1953 to 1962 who was the city's first mayor in modern times to be chosen by its electorate, died on Friday. He was 91. He died at his home in Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J., where he had lived year-round since the late 1960s." 
  2. ^ "Gateway? Renaissance? A reviving city earns its nicknames". The Star Ledger. December 8, 2005. Retrieved 2008-06-30. "The term New Newark came into existence in 1954, largely as a result of the recently elected Mayor Leo Carlin, who called together the CEOs of Newark's 18 largest corporations in an effort to stem the outward movement of companies to the suburbs. At first, the organization was composed exclusively of business leaders who met quarterly. One of its best-known chairs was David Yunich, president of Bamberger's." 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ralph A. Villani
Mayor of Newark
1953–1962
Succeeded by
Hugh Joseph Addonizio