Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut

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The Mayor is the chief executive who is directly elected for a four-year term. He or she has the power to issue executive orders, declare emergencies, submit a yearly budget to the city council and makes appointments to city government offices.

As of July 2012, the Mayor of Bridgeport earns an annual salary of $132,459.[1]

List of mayors[edit]

Name In office Party Notes Reference
Isaac Sherman, Jr. 1836-1837 [2][3]
Daniel Sterling, Jr. 1837-1838 [2][3]
Alanson Hamlin 1838-1839 [2]
Charles Foote 1839 [3]
Charles Bostwick 1840 [2][3]
William P. Burrall 1841-1842? [2][3]
James C. Loomis 1843-1844 [2][3]
Henry K. Harral 1844-1847 [2][3]
Sherwood Sterling 1847-1849 [2][3]
Henry K. Harral 1849-1851 [2][3]
John Brooks, Jr. 1851-1852 [2][3]
Henry K. Harral 1852-1853 [2][3]
Charles B. Hubbell 1853-1854 [2][3]
John Brooks, Jr. 1854-1855 [2][3]
Philo Clark Calhoun 1855-1858 Democratic[4][5] [2][3]
Silas C. Booth 1858-1860 [2][3]
Daniel H. Sterling 1860-1863 [2][3]
Clapp Spooner 1863-1864 Republican[6] [2][3]
Jarratt Morford 1864-1865 [2][3]
Stillman S. Clapp 1865-1866 [2][3]
Monson Hawley 1866-1868 [2][3]
Jarratt Morford 1868-1869 [2][3]
Monson Hawley 1869-1870 [2][3]
Jarratt Morford 1870-1871 [2][3]
Epaphras B. Goodsell 1871-1874 Democratic[7] [2][3]
Robert Toucey Clarke 1874-1875 [2][3][8]
Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum 1875-1876 Republican[9] [2][3]
Jarratt Morford 1876-1878 [2][3]
Robert E. De Forest 1878-1879 Democratic[10][11] [2][3]
John L. Wessells 1879-1880 [2][3]
Daniel Nash Morgan 1880-1881 Democratic[12] [2][3]
John L. Wessells 1881-1882 [2][3]
Carlos Curtis 1882-1883 [2][3]
John L. Wessells 1883-1884 [2][3]
Daniel Nash Morgan 1884-1885 [2][3]
Henry H. Pyle 1885-1886 [2][3]
Civilion Fones 1886-1888 A dentist, his son Alfred Fones was also a dentist
and a leader in early oral hygiene and education.[13][14]
[2][3]
Patrick Coughlin 1888-1889 [2]
Robert E. De Forest 1889-1891 Democratic [2]
William Henry Marigold 1891-1893 Republican[15] [2]
Walter B. Bostwick 1893-1895 [2]
Frank E. Clark 1895-1897 Democratic[16] [2]
Thomas P. Taylor 1897-1899 Republican[17] [2]
Hugh Stirling 1899-1901 Republican[18] [2]
Denis Mulvihill 1901-1905 Democratic[19] [2][20]
Marcus L. Reynolds 1905-1907 [2][20]
Henry Lee 1907-1909 [2][20]
Edward T. Buckingham 1909-1911 Democratic[21] [2][20]
Clifford B. Wilson 1911-1921 Republican[22] [2][20]
Fred Atwater 1921-1923 Democratic[23] [2][20]
F. William Behrens, Jr. 1923-1929 Republican[24] [2][20]
Edward T. Buckingham 1929-1933 Democratic [2][20]
Jasper McLevy 1933-1957 Socialist[25] Longest-serving mayor [2][20]
Samuel J. Tedesco 1957-1965 Democratic[26] [20]
Hugh C. Curran 1965-1971 Democratic[27] [20]
Nicholas A. Panuzio 1971-1975 Republican Resigned toward the end of his second term to serve as deputy administrator
of the General Services Administration in the Gerald Ford administration[28]
[2][20]
William Seres 1975 Republican President of the Common Council who succeeded as mayor following
Panuzio's resignation; served 55 days[29]
[20]
John C. Mandanici 1975-1981 Democratic[30] [2][20]
Leonard S. "Lenny" Paoletta 1981-1984 Republican[31] [20]
Thomas Bucci 1985-1989 Democratic[32] [20]
Mary A. Moran 1990-1992 Republican First and only woman to serve as Bridgeport mayor;
last Republican to serve as Bridgeport mayor;
unsuccessfully sought to have city declared insolvent in municipal bankruptcy[33][34][35]
[20]
Joseph P. "Joe" Ganim 1993-2003 Democratic Second-longest serving Bridgeport mayor; was convicted on
federal corruption charges in 2003; spent seven years in prison.[36][37]
[20]
John M. Fabrizi 2003-2007 Democratic Did not run for a second term in 2007 after admitting to a drinking problem
and use of cocaine while in office.[38][39]
[2][20]
Bill Finch 2007-present Democratic Incumbent mayor.[40][41] [2][20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Finch, mayor of biggest city, doesn’t earn biggest salary". ctnews.com. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd Bridgeport, Connecticut, The Political Graveyard.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj Samuel Orcutt, A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City Bridgeport of Connecticut (Vol. 2), Fairfield County Historical Society: 1886.
  4. ^ History of Bridgeport and Vicinity (Vol. 2), pp. 689-90.
  5. ^ A. H. Saxon, P.T. Barnum: The Legend and the Man (Columbia University Press, 1989), p. 217.
  6. ^ America's Successful Men of Affairs: An Encyclopedia of Contemporaneous Biography, Vol. 2 (ed. Henry Hall), 1896, p. 742.
  7. ^ Men of Progress, p. 145.
  8. ^ History of Bridgeport and Vicinity (Vol. 2), pp. 607.
  9. ^ Susan Nance, "Barnum, P.T. (1810-1891)" in American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History (ed. Gina Misiroglu), M.E. Sharpe: 2009, p. 63.
  10. ^ Daniel R. Ernst, Lawyers Against Labor: From Individual Rights to Corporate Liberalism (University of Illinois Press, 19965), p. 41.
  11. ^ Gerald W. McFarland, Mugwumps, Morals, & Politics, 1884-1920 (University of Massachusetts Press, 1975), pp. 66-67.
  12. ^ Commemorative Biographical Record of Fairfield County, p. 165.
  13. ^ Mary K. Witkowski, Bridgeport at Work (Arcadia Publishing, 2000), p. 88.
  14. ^ Alyssa Picard, Making the American Mouth: Dentists and Public Health in the Twentieth Century (Rutgers University Press, 2009), p. 36.
  15. ^ Men of Progress, p. 389.
  16. ^ History of Bridgeport and Vicinity (Vol. 2), p. 616.
  17. ^ Robert Coltrane, "Taylor, Thomas P." in A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia, (Greenwood Press, 2003, ed. Keith Newlin), pp. 360-61.
  18. ^ Commemorative Biographical Record of Fairfield County, p. 165.
  19. ^ Bannister Merwin, Our Own Times: A Continuous History of the Twentieth Century (Vol. 1), J. A. Hill: 1904.
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Bridgeport Mayors 1901-Present, City of Bridgeport.
  21. ^ Cecelia Bucki, Bridgeport's Socialist New Deal, 1915-36 (University of Illinois Press, 2001), pp. 96-97.
  22. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, pp. 25-26.
  23. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, p. 26.
  24. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, p. 29.
  25. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, pp. 31-36, 45
  26. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, pp. 46-49.
  27. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, pp. 51-54.
  28. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, pp. 51-54.
  29. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, p. 55.
  30. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, pp. 56-58.
  31. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, pp. 66-70.
  32. ^ Peter F. Burns, Electoral Politics Is Not Enough: Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Urban Politics (SUNY Press, 2012), p. 15.
  33. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, pp. 90-92.
  34. ^ George Judson, U.S. Judge Blocks Bridgeport From Bankruptcy Court, New York Times (August 2, 1991).
  35. ^ Nick Ravo, A Novice Reigns as Bridgeport Mayor, New York Times, November 15, 1989.
  36. ^ Political Corruption in Bridgeport, pp. 97-98, 102-03.
  37. ^ Edmund H. Mahony, Joe Ganim: Is He Back?, Hartford Courant, January 12, 2015.
  38. ^ Alison Leigh Cowan, Mayor of Scandal-Weary Bridgeport Admits That He Used Cocaine, New York Times, June 21, 2006.
  39. ^ Brian Lockhart, Fabrizi exploring run for mayor, Connecticut Post, June 4, 2014.
  40. ^ Brian Lockhart, Malloy's re-election aids Finch's, Connecticut Post, November 10, 2014.
  41. ^ Associated Press, Obama appears on Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch's holiday card, December 21, 2014.

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