James Hugh Joseph Tate
James Hugh Joseph Tate
|92nd Mayor of Philadelphia|
February 12, 1962 – January 3, 1972
Acting: February 12, 1962 – January 6, 1964
|Preceded by||Richardson Dilworth|
|Succeeded by||Frank Rizzo|
|President of the Philadelphia City Council|
January 20, 1955 – January 6, 1964
|Succeeded by||Paul D'Ortona|
|President pro tempore of the|
Philadelphia City Council
January 4, 1954 – January 20, 1955
|Preceded by||James Finnegan[c]|
|Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 7th District|
January 7, 1952 – January 6, 1964
|Preceded by||John F. Byrne|
|Succeeded by||Joseph J. Hersch|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
from the Philadelphia County district
January 7, 1941 – November 30, 1946
|Born||April 10, 1910|
|Died||May 27, 1983 (aged 73)|
Somers Point, New Jersey
|a.^ Acting Mayor from February 12, 1962 through January 6, 1964|
b.^ As President of the City Council
c.^ As Council President
James Hugh Joseph Tate (April 10, 1910 – May 27, 1983) was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 92nd Mayor of Philadelphia from 1962 to 1972. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Philadelphia City Council. He was the first Roman Catholic to serve as mayor of Philadelphia.
Early life and career
He was active in Democratic Party politics and, in 1941, won a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to an at-large seat for Philadelphia County. He won re-election to the House in 1943 and 1945. In 1951, he won a seat on the Philadelphia City Council and became the President pro tempore in 1954, which became the council president in 1955. He held that position for nearly 10 years.
Mayor of Philadelphia
Mayor Richardson Dilworth resigned his post in 1962 in order to make a second run for Governor in that fall’s general election. As the city council president, Tate became acting mayor upon Dilworth’s resignation. He went on to win two terms in his own right, in 1963 and 1967. As a result, he is to date the longest serving mayor.
In 1963, he defeated Republican James McDermott with 54% of the vote. He fended off a protest by the Congress of Racial Equality by stopping construction of the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building until more black workers were hired.
Towards the end of his life, Tate lived in Longport, New Jersey.
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- Description of James H. J. Tate archives at City of Philadelphia website