Franklin A. Alberger

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Franklin A. Alberger
Portrait of Franklin A. Alberger
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
Preceded by Timothy T. Lockwood
Succeeded by William G. Fargo
Personal details
Born January 14, 1825
Baltimore, Maryland
Died August 24, 1877(1877-08-24) (aged 52)
Buffalo, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Katherine Rice
Children four children
"Franklin A. Alberger". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27. 

Franklin Augustus Alberger (January 14, 1825 in Baltimore, Maryland – August 24, 1877 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York) was an American businessman and politician from New York.


He was the son of Job Alberger, a butcher who owned a shop and slaughterhouses. In 1837, the family removed to Buffalo. Franklin learned the butcher's trade from his father, and opened a pork packing business with his brothers. He married Katharine Rice, and they had four children.

He entered politics as a Whig and joined the Republican Party on its foundation. In 1854, he was elected alderman from the Eleventh Ward, and in 1859 from the Ninth Ward. The Union city convention was held on October 22, 1859, and after many ballots Alberger was nominated for Mayor. He was Mayor of Buffalo, New York from January 2, 1860, to January 6, 1862.

He was a Canal Commissioner from 1862 to 1867, elected in 1861 and 1864 on the Union ticket.

He was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly (Erie Co., 3rd D.) in 1871, 1872, 1873 and 1874.

He died suddenly, apparently of cholera, and was buried at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.


  • The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough, Stephen C. Hutchins and Edgar Albert Werner (1867; pages 400, 406 and 505)
  • [1] Political Graveyard [without middle initial]
  • [2] The Mayors of Buffalo, at The Buffalonian
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Albert H. Blossom
New York State Assembly
Erie County, 3rd District

Succeeded by
Edward Gallagher
Political offices
Preceded by
Timothy T. Lockwood
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
William G. Fargo