George A. Hibbard

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George Albee Hibbard
Mayor of Boston
In office
January 6, 1908[1] – February 7, 1910[2]
Preceded byJohn F. Fitzgerald
Succeeded byJohn F. Fitzgerald
Massachusetts House of Representatives
18th Suffolk District
In office
Personal details
BornOctober 27, 1864[3]
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedMay 29, 1910(1910-05-29) (aged 45)[4]
Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseM. Adelaide Ford[5]
Residence(s)35 Beaumont Street, Dorchester, Boston[5]
Alma materHarvard University[6]

George Albee Hibbard (October 27, 1864 – May 29, 1910)[4] was an American political figure who served as the mayor of Boston from 1908 to 1910.

Early years[edit]

Hibbard was born in Boston in 1864,[3] graduated from Harvard University in 1880, and passed the bar in 1885.[6]


Hibbard became Postmaster of Boston in 1899.[6] In the December 1907 mayoral election, Hibbard ran as a Republican against incumbent and Democratic candidate John F. Fitzgerald. Hibbard defeated Fitzgerald, 38,112 votes to 35,935; a third candidate, John Coulthurst, a Democrat running as the Independence League candidate, had 15,811 votes. Hibbard served as mayor from January 1908 to February 1910.

Historian Peter Jones argues that Hibbard was not a true reformer. His triumph in the mayoral election was a result of Fitzgerald's blunders. It was a transient reaction to the Democratic Party's high spending. Hibbard, during his two years as mayor, made drastic cuts, releasing nearly a thousand city workers, halving street maintenance expenses, and decreasing the city's debt. He also established a permanent Finance Committee appointed by the governor to act as a counterweight to the local Democrats. Nonetheless, his actions earned him numerous enemies, and the reform coalition refused to endorse him for reelection. Despite this, the ailing mayor ran anyway, spurred on by Fitzgerald who wanted to divide the vote. In the January 1910 election, out of the 95,000 votes cast, Fitzgerald won with 47,177, reformer James Storrow received 45,775, and Hibbard obtained a mere 1,614 votes.[7]

Four months later Hibbard died in his home of tuberculosis.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NEW HAND AT HELM". The Boston Globe. January 7, 1908. p. 1. Retrieved March 17, 2018 – via[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "New Mayor of Boston". Arkansas Democrat. Little Rock, Arkansas. February 7, 1910. Retrieved March 16, 2018 – via
  3. ^ a b State Street Trust Company (1914). Mayors of Boston: Illustrated Epitome of Who the Mayors Have Been and What They Have Done. Boston: Walter Advertising and Printing. p. 48 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b "Mayor George Albee Hibbard, Served 1908-1909".
  5. ^ a b c "EX-MAYOR HIBBARD DEAD". The Boston Globe. May 30, 1910. p. 1. Retrieved March 17, 2018 – via
  6. ^ a b c "New Mayor of Boston". Simpson County News. Mendenhall, Mississippi. January 2, 1908. Retrieved March 17, 2018 – via
  7. ^ Melvin G. Holli, and Peter d'A. Jones, eds. Biographical dictionary of American mayors, 1820-1980 ( Greenwood Press, 1981) p. 162.

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