Frank E. Mann

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Frank E. Mann
Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
In office
July 1, 1976 – July 1, 1979
Preceded by Charles E. Beatley
Succeeded by Charles E. Beatley
In office
July 1, 1961 – July 1, 1967
Preceded by Leroy S. Bendheim
Succeeded by Charles E. Beatley
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 5th district
In office
1970 – 1975
Preceded by Marion Galland
Succeeded by Jefferson C. Stafford
Personal details
Born (1920-05-01)May 1, 1920
Atlanta, Georgia
Died April 25, 2007(2007-04-25) (aged 86)
Alexandria, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Residence Alexandria, Virginia
Alma mater George Washington University
Religion Episcopalian

Frank E. Mann (May 1, 1920 – April 25, 2007) was a politician from the state of Virginia. He served as mayor of Alexandria for three terms in the sixties and seventies, and was a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1970 to 1975.

Early life[edit]

Frank Mann was born in Atlanta, Georgia on May 1, 1920, and moved to Washington, D.C. as a boy. His mother was a descendant of Alexandria's historic Lee family. He graduated from McKinley Technology High School and was a 1941 graduate of George Washington University. During World War II, he served with the Seabees in the Navy and won a Bronze Star.[1]


Mann was elected mayor of Alexandria, Virginia in 1961, and served nine years, but not consecutively. During his first two terms as mayor, Mann refused a salary, instead giving it to city employees seeking specialized training.

He left his position as mayor in 1967, and ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in 1969. He was elected to succeed Marion Galland and spent five years in the Virginia General Assembly (a part-time position) alongside conservative Democrat James M. Thompson, during which the district's numbering changed.

Mann ran for mayor again in 1976 as an Independent. He defeated Democrat Melvin Bergheim and served until 1979, when he was defeated for reelection by Charles E. Beatley (whom he had succeeded) by a nearly two to one margin. Mann never held elected office again.[2][3][4]


Mann died on April 25, 2007 of Prostate cancer at his home in old town Alexandria. He was survived by his wife of thirty two years, Anita, and two children.[1]


  1. ^ a b Schudel, Matt (April 29, 2007). "Frank E. Mann; 3-Term Alexandria Mayor". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates - Frank E. Mann". Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Political Graveyard: Mayors of Alexandria, Virginia". Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ T. Michael Miller, Alexandria (Virginia) City Officialdom 1749-192 (Heritage Books, Inc. 1992) p. 123, 126

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leroy S. Bendheim
Mayor of the City of Alexandria, Virginia
Succeeded by
Charles E. Beatley
Preceded by
Charles E. Beatley
Mayor of the City of Alexandria, Virginia
Succeeded by
Charles E. Beatley
Virginia House of Delegates
Preceded by
James McIlhany Thomson
Virginia House, District 5
Succeeded by
Jefferson C. Stafford
Preceded by
Russell M. Carneal
Virginia House, District 21
Succeeded by
Richard R. G. Hobson