Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1941

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The mayoral election of 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was held on Tuesday, November 4, 1941. Incumbent Democratic Party Conn Scully won a second full term by a narrow margin. Scully had gained a reputation as a weak mayor[citation needed] and his Republican opponent, wealthy attorney and former Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Harmar Denny (a future Congressman), hammered Scully for being a puppet of the city's increasingly powerful Democratic machine. Despite these allegations, Scully remained closely aligned with state party chairman (and future mayor) David Lawrence; while this may have cost him some votes, it gave him enough support from the Democrats' New Deal labor base to put Scully over the top.[1] Republicans contested the result in court, but a judge dismissed the suit.[2]

Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1945*
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Conn Scully 112,723 50.7
Republican Harmar Denny 109,560 49.3
Turnout 222,283
Democratic hold Swing

*These numbers, reported a day after the election,[3] were officially revised later in the month.[4] After a court found irregularities, it ordered further corrections.[5]


  1. ^ Flanagan, Richard Michael (January 1, 2004). "Mayors and the Challenge of Urban Leadership". University Press of America. Retrieved December 19, 2016 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ "Judge Throws Out GOP Contest of Scully Election". The Pittsburgh Press. January 15, 1942. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "Election At a Glance". The Pittsburgh Press. November 5, 1941. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Official Tally Gives Scully 3,627 Margin". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 18, 1941. p. 13. 
  5. ^ "31 Ballot Officials Admit Guilt". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 29, 1942. p. 11. 


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