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    • Amos Story (1st mayor of Appleton: 1857-1858)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Captain Amos Story was the first mayor. He was elected in April 1857 and reelected in 1858. Issues included high taxes, licensing taverns, moving the cemetery and getting more bridges across the Fox river. Anson Ballard, his son-in-law, was the...
    • A. L. Smith (9th mayor of Appleton: 1870)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Opponent was Willy. His term saw construction of the first city jail, management of the poor farm and construction of another drawbridge at the foot of Jackson Street. City charter was amended to extend city limits. Smith was Wesleyan graduate,...
    • Alvin Foster (2nd mayor of Appleton: 1859)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Alvin Foster became the second mayor in 1859. Was previously sherrif of Jefferson County. He urged reservoirs of water for fire protection, and the hook and ladder company with 30 volunteers was organized. A standard closing time for businesses...
    • R. Z. Mason (5th mayor of Appleton: 1865)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Was unopposed. He was a former president of Lawrence. Issues were better roads in all directions to and from Appleton, particularly along the east side of the river and to Green Bay. Completion of a bridge across College Avenue ravine was...
    • James Gilmore (6th mayor of Appleton: 1866)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Democrat. Opponent was H. L. Blood. Issues were licensing taverns, and a central market place. Appleton City Railway company and Appleton Paper company were incorporated. The Post Office was made a money order office and the Third Ward voted to...
    • E. C. Goff (11th mayor of Appleton: 1872)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Democrat. Opponent was H. L. Blood. The legislature permitted the city to bond for $10,000 to purchase a steam fire engine after Briggs Sash company, Riggs Saww mill and Lederer Sash factory were destroyed by fire. There were 1,666 pupils and...
    • S. R. Willy (12th mayor of Appleton: 1873-1874)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Republican. Reelected in 1874. The state legislature passed an act to amend the act incorporating the city. Annual elections were ordered for mayor, treasurer, clerk and street commissioner. Issues were providing aid to Milwaukee and Northern...
    • Peter Esselburn (13th mayor of Appleton: 1875)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Republican. Opponent W. S. Warner. Was president of the city council previously. While acting mayor he refused to allow the city to pay for brochures to publicize the city. Issues: Drawbridge over the third lock and another fire water...
    • J. E. Harriman (14th mayor of Appleton: 1875-1876)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Won a three way race by 5 votes over Democrat Herman Erb, Sr. Third candidate was Esselburn, as an inedpendent. He had served as an alderman, assistant postmaster then county judge from 1873 to 1889 when he died. Supervision of instruction in...
    • O. W. Glark (17th mayor of Appleton: 1879)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Republican. Opponent James Ryan. Paper mill executive. Appleton Telephone Company was organized during his term with 23 patrons. Milwaukee and northern extension of the Lake Shore railroad reached Appleton. New businesses included Valley Pulp and...
    • Peter Thom (25th mayor of Appleton: 1894-1896)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Republican. Opponents H. Pierce (1894), D. Hammel (1895), R. Winslow (1896). Thom was general superintendent of Kimberly Clark paper mills. Issues: A new engine house was erected in the fourth ward, both the Waverly hotel and fifth ward school...
    • Herman Erb, Jr. (26th mayor of Appleton: 1897-1899)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Republican, became the youngest mayor at 24. Opponent was John Pingle in 1879, Gus Keller in 1898 and Winslow in 1899. In 1897, Lincoln school building was built and dedicated. Controversy over the site for the Appleton Public Library was a major...
    • B. C. Wolter (30th mayor of Appleton: 1908-1909)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Republican. Appleton, Kaukauna, Neenah and Menasha were united by the ""interurban"" streetcar system. A plan to light College Avenue with arches was adopted in 1908. Merchants decided to observe specific holidays and closing hours were...
    • Dr. John Faville (33rd mayor of Appleton: 1917)

    • Mayors; Municipal government;
    • Non-partisan. Opponent was Hawes. The last Appleton mayor under the Commission form of government. (A special election was held, the vote was 2073 to 1491 to abolish this form of government) Resigned as pastor of the First Congregational church...

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