Belle Cooledge

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Belle Cooledge
40th Mayor of Sacramento
In office
Preceded by George L. Klumpp
Succeeded by Bert E. Geisreiter
Personal details
Born July 29, 1884
Sutter Creek, California
Died November 9, 1955(1955-11-09) (aged 71)
Sacramento, California
Profession Professor, School Administrator

Belle Cooledge (July 29, 1884 – November 9, 1955), also known as "Auntie Belle," was the first female mayor of Sacramento, California.[1]


Cooledge was born in Sutter Creek, California, to Walter Scott Cooledge and Belle McFarland. Cooledge and her mother were members of the Daughters of the American Revolution.[2] Cooledge was as a mathematics professor, dean, and vice president of the Sacramento Junior College, now known as Sacramento City College.[3] Cooledge was elected the mayor in Sacramento in 1947.

Cooledge is buried beside her parents and her mother's parents in the Lodi Memorial Park & Cemetery, in Lodi, California.[4]


A branch of the Sacramento Public Library located in the Land Park neighborhood is named in her honor.[5]

See also[edit]

List of mayors of Sacramento


  1. ^ Political Graveyard, retrieved September 25, 2011 
  2. ^ Daughters of the American Revolutionary, Sacramento Chapter History, retrieved September 25, 2011 
  3. ^ It's a Woman's World at City College, Sac City Express, retrieved September 25, 2011 
  4. ^ Find a Grave, retrieved September 25, 2011 
  5. ^ Belle Cooledge Library, retrieved September 25, 2011