Antonina Uccello

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Antonia P. Uccello
Ann Uccello Street sign Italy.jpg
Street sign in honour of Ann Uccello, Canicattini, Italy July 4 2016
Hartford City Council
In office
1963–1967
Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
In office
December 5, 1967 – April 12, 1971
Preceded byGeorge B. Kinsella
Succeeded byGeorge A. Athanson
Personal details
Born (1922-05-22) May 22, 1922 (age 100)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
OccupationPolitician

Antonina P. Uccello (born May 19, 1922)[1] is an American politician, born in Hartford, Connecticut, to parents who had emigrated from Sicily.[1]

Political career[edit]

When she was elected the mayor of Hartford, in 1967, she became also the first woman mayor in Connecticut.[2]

At the time, Uccello was an executive in the Hartford department store G. Fox & Co. She approached her boss in 1963 and said she would like to run for the Hartford city council. Since the council met on Mondays, a day the department store was closed, her boss gave her permission to run. She served two terms on the council before being elected mayor in 1967. She ran as a Republican in a mainly Democratic Party city, and remains the city's last Republican mayor to date.[3] She was re-elected as mayor in 1969, and was subsequently asked by President Richard Nixon to go to Washington to work in the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she later also worked during the successive administrations of presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.[2]

Honours[edit]

She was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame in 1999.[4] Ann Street in Hartford was renamed in her honor in September 2008.[5][6] Another street, in Canicattini Bagni, Italy, was named after her in July 2016.[7] She turned 100 in May 2022.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b International Biographical Centre (1974). The World Who's who of Women - Volume 2. Melrose Press. p. 1260.
  2. ^ a b "Antonina Uccello". University of Saint Joseph. Archived from the original on 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
  3. ^ "Trail-Blazing Former Hartford Mayor Ann Uccello Turns 90". Hartford Courant. 2012-05-18.
  4. ^ "Antonina Uccello". Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
  5. ^ Pirrotta, Paul; House, Dennis (2015-10-26). Hartford Mayor Ann Uccello:. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4671-1889-7.
  6. ^ "Casa Emigranti Italiani - Antonina "ann" uccello". Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  7. ^ "Canicattini Bagni, Inaugurata ieri via Ann Antonina Uccello intitolata alla prima donna sindaco di Hartford". Siracusa News. Siracusa, Italy. 2016-07-04. Archived from the original on 2016-08-06. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  8. ^ NBC (2022-05-19). "Ann Uccello, First Woman Mayor in Connecticut, Celebrates 100th Birthday". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2022-05-21.