Wallace Dann

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Wallace Dann
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10th Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut
In office
1905 – 1907[1]
Preceded by Charles L. Glover
Succeeded by Charles A. Scofield
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from Norwalk, Connecticut
In office
1903 – 1905[2]
Serving with Jeremiah Donovan
Preceded by John H. Light,
Elbert Adams
Succeeded by Mortimer M. Lee
Personal details
Born (1847-01-12)January 12, 1847[3]
Stamford, Connecticut[3]
Died 1934[4]
Resting place Scott's Cemetery, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Clarissa Jennie Dikeman[3]
Residence Norwalk, Connecticut
Alma mater Wicoff's Academy[3]
Occupation grocery, livery[3]

Wallace Dann (January 12, 1847– 1934) was a two-term Democratic mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut from 1905 to 1907. He was also a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1903 to 1905.

Early life and family[edit]

He was born in Stamford, Connecticut on January 12, 1847. He was the son of William Edgar Dann, and Pauline Curtis Dann.[3] He attended Professor Wicoff's Academy in New Canaan. He married Clarissa J. Dikeman on September 1, 1869. He was in the livery and grocery business in New Canaan.[3]

Political career[edit]

He was sheriff[1] from 1875 to 1881 and from 1884 to 1887.[3][2] He was police chief[1] from 1892 to 1899.[3][2] He was president of the Norwalk Brass Company beginning in 1901.[3] On January 5, 1903 he was elected Water Commissioner.[3]

From 1903 to 1904, he served in the Connecticut House of Representatives.[2] He was a member of the School Fund Committee, and the Contested Elections Committee.[2] He was a leader on the issue of whether South Norwalk and Norwalk would be separate or consolidated.[2]

He ran for mayor of Norwalk, and served from 1905 to 1907. In 1906, he defeated Republican challenger Goold Hoyt for re-election.[2]

In 1926, he was appointed by mayor Jeremiah Donovan to the Norwalk Board of Relief for a three-year term.[5]


  • Member, Harmony Lodge of Masons, New Canaan[1]
  • High Priest (1884), Washington Chapter 24 Reformed and Accepted Masons.[1]
  • Member, Eminent Commander (1882), Clinton Commandery Number 3 Knights Templar[1]
  • Member, Pyramid Temple of Bridgeport[3]
  • Member, Odd Fellows[3]
  • Member, Mecca Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine [3][1]
  • Vestryman, St. Paul's Episcopal Church[3]
  • Member, Sons of the American Revolution[3]
  • Member, Norwalk Club[3]
  • Member, Norwalk Board of Trade[3]


Preceded by
Elbert Adams
John H. Light
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from Norwalk
1903 – 1905
Succeeded by
Mortimer M. Lee
Preceded by
Charles L. Glover
Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut
1905 – 1907
Succeeded by
Charles A. Scofield