Leroy S. Bendheim

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Leroy S. Bendheim
Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
In office
July 1, 1955 – July 1, 1961
Preceded by Marshall J. Beverley
Succeeded by Frank E. Mann
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 36th district
In office
Preceded by Armistead L. Boothe
Succeeded by District Eliminated
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 33rd district
In office
Preceded by L.C. Bird
Succeeded by Charles L. Waddell
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 30th district
In office
Preceded by Edward E. Willey and Douglas Wilder
Succeeded by Wiley F. Mitchell
Personal details
Born 1906
Alexandria, Virginia
Died June 18, 1987
Alexandria, Virginia
Resting place Alexandria, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater George Washington University
Profession Attorney
Religion Jewish

Leroy S. Bendheim (1906 - June 18, 1987) was a two-term mayor of Alexandria, Virginia and three-term Virginia state senator.[1]

Family and early life[edit]

Bendheim was born in Alexandria, the son of Charles Bendheim and Elizabeth Schwarz. His father was a member of the Alexandria City Council and a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.[2] He graduated from law school at George Washington University in 1929.

Political career[edit]

Bendheim served on the Alexandria School Board from 1934 to 1943, and was chairman for five years. Elected to the City Council as a Democrat, he served from 1948 to 1955; he received the most votes for the at-large council and, thus, was vice mayor from 1952 to 1955. In 1955, he was elected Mayor of Alexandria and served two three-year terms as mayor before his defeat in 1961 by fellow Democrat Frank E. Mann.

In 1963, Bendheim was elected to the Virginia Senate, representing Alexandria and served there 12 years. In 1975, he was defeated in a bid for a fourth term by Republican Wiley F. Mitchell. Bendheim never served in elected office again.


Bendheim died on June 18, 1987 of cancer at Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia.


  1. ^ Obituary of Leroy S. Bendheim, Washington Post, June 20, 1987
  2. ^ German and German-Jewish Immigrants
Senate of Virginia
Preceded by
Armistead L. Boothe
Virginia Senate, District 36
1963 - 1964
Succeeded by
District eliminated
Preceded by
Lloyd C. Bird
Virginia Senate, District 33
1964 - 1972
Succeeded by
Charles L. Waddell
Preceded by
Edward E. Willey and Douglas Wilder
multimember district
Virginia Senate, District 30
1972 - 1976
Succeeded by
Wiley F. Mitchell