Bailey Gatzert

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Bailey Gatzert
8th Mayor of Seattle
In office
Preceded by Henry Yesler
Succeeded by Gideon Weed
Personal details
Born (1829-12-29)December 29, 1829[1]
Darmstadt, Hesse, German Confederation
Died April 19, 1893(1893-04-19) (aged 63)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Nationality  American

Bailey Gatzert (December 29, 1829 – April 19, 1893) was an American politician and the eighth mayor of Seattle, Washington, serving from 1875 to 1876. He was the first Jewish mayor of Seattle, narrowly missing being the first Jewish mayor of a major American city[citation needed] (Moses Bloom became mayor of Iowa City, Iowa, in 1873), and has been the only Jewish mayor of Seattle to date.

Gatzert was born in 1829 in Darmstadt, Germany, and emigrated to Natchez, Mississippi, in 1849, coming west four years later. In 1869 he opened a Seattle branch of Schwabacher Brothers and Company, a hardware and general store he managed as partners with his brothers-in-law Abraham, Louis, and Sigmund Schwabacher.

In addition to being mayor, Gatzert was charter member of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, served on the Seattle City Council 1872–1873 and 1877–1878,[2] was president of Puget Sound National Bank and Peoples Savings Bank, and co-founded Washington's second synagogue (Seattle's first), Ohaveth Shalom, which opened in 1892. Washington's first synagogue was built in Spokane.

The famous sternwheeler Bailey Gatzert is named for him, as is an elementary school.[3]


  1. ^ "Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State". 
  2. ^ Seattle City Council Members, 1869 – present Chronological Listing, Seattle City Archives. Accessed online July 19, 2008.
  3. ^ Ouchi, William G.; Segal, Lydia G. (2003). Making schools work: a revolutionary plan to get your children the education they need. New York: Simon & Schuster, p. 205, ISBN 978-0-7432-4630-9.
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Yesler
Mayor of Seattle
Succeeded by
Gideon A. Weed