Ralston Westlake

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Wallace Ralston Westlake
W. Ralston Westlake.jpg
47th Mayor of Columbus
In office
January 1, 1960 – January 1, 1964
Preceded by Jack Sensenbrenner
Succeeded by Jack Sensenbrenner
Personal details
Born (1907-08-27)August 27, 1907
Columbus, Ohio
Died December 9, 1978(1978-12-09) (aged 71)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Green Lawn Cemetery
Columbus, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Helen Elizabeth Siegwald
Residence 3300 West Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio
Alma mater West High School
Profession Mayor
Glassware businessman
Motel owner
City Council Member
Religion Lutheran
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War II

Wallace Ralston Westlake (August 27, 1907 – December 9, 1978), an American politician of the Republican Party from the U.S. state of Ohio. He was the 47th mayor of Columbus, Ohio and the 43rd person to serve in that office. He served one term in office until he lost re-election in the 1963 mayoral election by former mayor Jack Sensenbrenner.[1]

He served in the US Army during World War II, was a member of the Lutheran Church, the Freemasons and the Shriners. He was born in the Hilltop neighborhood in Columbus on South Highland Avenue and lived in that area throughout his life. As an adult, he lived in a two story home located at 3300 West Broad Street where he also owned a small motel and glass business for many years. The property was later sold and the vacant land behind it was converted to self storage units and the motel units were converted to small offices. He died on December 9, 1978.


  1. ^ Egger (1975), pp. 51.


Further reading[edit]

  • "The Battle For City Hall: Columbus; National Affairs". Time Magazine (New York City) 76 (20): 31. November 16, 1959. 
  • "Former Mayor M. E. Sensenbrenner Regains the Office of Columbus Mayor, Defeating Incumbent Mayor Westlake; Republicans Retain Their 6-1 Majority On City Council". The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio). November 6, 1963. p. 1A. 
  • "Funeral Is Set For Former Columbus Mayor W. Ralston Westlake, 71, Who Died of a Heart Attack At Mt. Carmel Hospital". The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio). December 11, 1978. p. 8B. 
  • St. Clair, Duane (December 29, 1963). "Accomplishments of the Administration of Columbus Mayor Westlake Are Summarized; Are Said to Outweigh His Mistakes". The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio). p. 33A. 
  • "Westlake, Wallace Ralston (1907-12/9/1978)". Columbus in Historic Photographs. Columbus, Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Library. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Sensenbrenner
Mayor of Columbus, Ohio
Succeeded by
Jack Sensenbrenner