MINNEAPOLIS MAYORAL SUPERLATIVES

           Copyright (C) 1994-2014  Tony L. Hill 
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OLDEST MAYORS

     (age when left office)

     1.  Fraser               69 years, 317 days 
     2.  Pillsbury            69 years, 227 days
     3.  Leach                64 years, 358 days

     (age when assumed office, * indicates return to office)

     1.  Pillsbury            67 years, 223 days
     2.  Leach (*1937)        60 years, 357 days
     3.  Ames (A.A.) (*1901)  58 years, 354 days
     4.  Haynes (*1907)       58 years, 107 days


YOUNGEST MAYORS

     1.  Hofstede             33 years,  99 days
     2.  Humphrey             34 years,  36 days
     3.  Ames (A.A.)          34 years,  84 days
     4.  Brackett             36 years, 204 days
     5.  Gray                 36 years, 318 days

     (Edward S. Brown became mayor of the City of
     St. Anthony at age 33 years, 65 days.  Three
     others became St. Anthony mayor before age 34.
     Henry T. Welles, the first mayor of St. 
     Anthony took office at 34 years, 13 days.)


LONGEST TENURE

     1.  Fraser               14 years,   1 day 
     2.  Rybak                12 years   
     3.  Leach                11 years, 362 days
     4.  Hoyer                 8 years, 213 days
     5.  Naftalin              8 years,   4 days
     6.  Sayles Belton         7 years, 364 days
     7.  Haynes                7 years, 361 days
     8.  Stenvig               6 years, 178 days


LONGEST CONTINUOUS TENURE

     1.  Fraser               14 years,   1 day 
     2.  Rybak                12 years
     3.  Hoyer                 8 years, 213 days
     4.  Naftalin              8 years,   4 days
     5.  Sayles Belton         7 years, 364 days
     6.  Leach                 7 years, 361 days
     7.  Haynes                5 years, 364 days

SHORTEST TENURE

     Erdall                   less than two days

     (No other mayor served an unusually short tenure, although
     Jones served 131 days in 1902-3 before being elected to a
     two year term in 1904.)


LONGEST LIVED

     1.  Hoyer                92 years,  14 days 
     2.  Fraser               89 years, 260 days +
     3.  Kunze                89 years, 259 days
     4.  de Laittre           89 years, 199 days
     5.  Naftalin             87 years, 322 days
     6.  Brackett             84 years, 243 days
     7.  Eustis               83 years, 134 days


SHORTEST LIVED

     1.  Bainbridge           50 years, 192 days
     2.  Rand                 52 years, 192 days
     3.  Gray                 54 years, 203 days

     (Mayor Rand drowned in a boat explosion on Lake Minnetonka
     	along with seven members of his family and two others.  He
     	and Mayor Peterson, who died in a car accident, and Mayor              	Naftalin, who died after a fall, were the only mayors to die   	from other than natural causes.)


LONGEST LIVED AFTER LEAVING OFFICE

     1.  Brackett             47 years,  33 days
     2.  de Laittre           45 years, 163 days
     3.  Erdall               40 years +
     4.  Naftalin             35 years, 313 days 
     5.  Hofstede             34 years +    
     6.  Eustis               33 years, 327 days
     7.  Hoyer                32 years, 258 days
     8.  Peterson             32 years  181 days
     9.  Stenvig              32 years,  50 days
    10.  Kunze                30 years, 223 days
    11.  Merriman             30 years, 113 days
    12.  Humphrey             29 years,  44 days


SHORTEST LIVED AFTER LEAVING OFFICE

     1.  Haynes                98 days
     2.  Latimer              123 days
     3.  Bainbridge           257 days
     4.  Rand                 3 years,  92 days

     (Mayor Latimer and Mayor Bainbridge both died shortly 
     after losing reelection bids.  Mayor Haynes abruptly
     ended his reelection effort before the election.)



NATIVE MINNEAPOLITANS

     Jones, Peterson, Stenvig, Erdall, Hofstede, Fraser, Rybak

     (The only other native Minnesotans were Kunze, born in 	Sleepy Eye; Sayles Belton, born in St. Paul.)


NATURALIZED AMERICANS

     Gray (born in Scotland); Hoyer (born in Sweden)


MAYORS WHO MOVED INTO THE LEAMINGTON HOTEL FROM EDINA ON THE NIGHT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOMINATED THEM

     Leach


MAYORS WHO HELD OTHER ELECTIVE OFFICES

     	Comptroller:  Nye
     	City Council: 
		Harrison
		Brackett
		*Merriman
		Ames (A.A.)
		*Pillsbury
		Babb
		Pratt
		Gray
		*Jones
		Haynes
		Nye
		*Kline
		*Hoyer
		*Erdall
		Hofstede
		*Sayles Belton
		Hodges 
	(* Council President)

	Legislature:  Morrison, Peterson, Fraser
	Mayor of Concord, N.H.: Pillsbury
     	U.S. House:   Wilson, Fraser
     	U.S. Senate:  Humphrey  (Majority Whip, Deputy President Pro
          Tempore)
     	Vice President 
	      of the U.S.: Humphrey


LARGEST ELECTION WINS                   (* incumbent)

     1.  Fraser* 1985                   81.8%
     2.  Hoyer* 1951                    80.6%
     3.  Fraser* 1989                   79.0%
     4.  Rybak* 2009                    73.6%
     5.  Stenvig* 1971                  72.2%
     6.  Humphrey* 1947                 66.3%
     7.  Ames (Eli B.)* 1871            66.0%
     8.  Rybak 2001                     64.7%
     9.  Pillsbury 1884                 64.5%

     (Mayor Merriman ran unopposed in 1875.)
         
     (Mayor Humphrey in 1947 and Mayor Hoyer in 1951 were the
     only mayors to top 100,000 popular votes.)


NARROWEST ELECTION WINS                 (* incumbent)

     1.  Haynes* 1910                   < .5% point (4-way)
     2.  Stenvig 1975                   < 1% point (5-way)
     3.  Haynes* 1908                   < 1% point (4-way)     
     4.  Jones* 1904                    < 1% point (5-way)
     4.  Meyers 1918                     51.17%
     5.  Naftalin* 1967                  51.25%
     6.  Van Lear 1916                   51.47%



DFL MAYORS FROM THE EAST SIDE
     
     Humphrey, Hoyer, Naftalin, Hofstede, Fraser


DFL MAYORS FROM THE WEST SIDE

     Mayor Sayles Belton was the first DFLer elected from the
     West Side.  Mayor Rybak was second.  Mayor Hodges was third.


INCUMBENTS DEFEATED
 
     Brackett 1874   (subsequently lost comeback attempt)
     Ames (A.A.) 1877  (subsequently reelected)
     Ames (A.A.) 1884  (subsequently reelected)
     Pillsbury 1886
     Gray 1900
     Haynes 1904  (subsequently reelected)
     Jones 1906
     Nye 1916 primary
     Van Lear 1918  (subsequently lost comeback attempt)
     Leach 1929   (subsequently lost comeback attempt; eventually 		reelected)
     Kunze 1931 primary
     Anderson 1933 
     Bainbridge 1935 primary  (19 way race)
     Latimer 1937 primary     ( 5 way race)
     Leach 1941 primary
     Kline 1945
     Hoyer 1957
     Peterson 1961  (subsequently lost comeback attempt)
     Stenvig 1973   (subsequently reelected)
     Hofstede 1975  (subsequently reelected)
     Stenvig 1977   (subsequently lost comeback attempt)
     Sayles Belton 2001


MAYORS WHO RESIGNED

     Ames (A.A.), August 27, 1902  (scandal)
     Humphrey, November 30, 1948   (elected to U.S. Senate)
     Stenvig, December 31, 1973    (lark)


MAYORS WHO DIED IN OFFICE

     In the 147 years that the City has existed, no mayor
     has met with this fate.



Tony L. Hill 
P.O. Box 14995
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
hill@canpolitics.com

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