Antonina Uccello

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Antonina "Ann" P. Uccello (born May 19, 1922[1]) was elected mayor of Hartford, Connecticut in 1967. She was the first female mayor in Connecticut,[2] and the first female mayor of a US state capital.

Uccello was an executive at the Hartford department store G. Fox & Co.. She approached her boss in 1963 and said she would like to run for 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.[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]

She was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame in 1999.[4] A street was dedicated in her name in Hartford in September 2008.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 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.