William S. Fitzgerald

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William Sinton FitzGerald, Sr. (6 October 1880 – 3 October 1937) was an American politician of the Republican Party who served as the 39th mayor of Cleveland, Ohio.

FitzGerald was born in Washington, D.C. He received public education and attended George Washington University, graduating with a Master of Laws degree in 1903. The following year, he moved to Cleveland, was admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association, and began practicing law. In 1911 he was elected as a Republican city councilman for Ward 11, serving two terms. Under Mayor Harry L. Davis, FitzGerald was appointed law director. When Davis resigned in 1920 to campaign for governor, FitzGerald became mayor. In the 1921 mayoral election, FitzGerald was defeated by Frederick Kohler and returned to private practice. He married Margaret Chilton Tucker on January 14, 1920, and they had a son, William Sinton, Junior. They were divorced in 1922, and he married Carolina Granger on March 23, 1933.

He died in North Royalton, Ohio at age 56.

William Sinton, Junior married Marilyn Karl. They had 6 sons; William, David, Andrew, Patrick, Christopher and Stanley.[citation needed]


  • The Encyclopedia Of Cleveland History by Cleveland Bicentennial Commission (Cleveland, Ohio), David D. Van Tassel (Editor), and John J. Grabowski (Editor) ISBN 0-253-33056-4
  • Grandson Christopher FitzGerald

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harry L. Davis
Mayor of Cleveland
Succeeded by
Frederick Kohler