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Bertha Knight Landes
Birth: Oct. 19, 1868
Death: Nov. 29, 1943

Seattle Mayor. Born in Ware, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, she served as mayor of Seattle, Washington from March 1926 to March 1928. She was elected as Seattle's mayor on March 9, 1926 defeating Edwin J. Brown by 6,000 votes, to become the first woman to head a city government of a major American city. Educated at the University of Indiana with degrees in history and political science, she moved to Seattle with her husband Henry in 1895. Prior to serving as mayor, she served two terms on the Seattle City Council from 1922 to 1926, the second term as council president. She ran her political campaign promising to clean up city government corruption, and was a strong advocate of public ownership of private utilities including Seattle City Light and street railways. Following her defeat for re-election in 1928 by Frank Edwards, she remained active in a number of civic and charitable affairs, and was in high demand as an author, writing numerous articles for national publication. A strong advocate of women's rights, she served as a member of several women's organizations including the Women's University Club, the Women's Century Club, the Women's Auxiliary of University Churches, and the League of Women Voters. She died at the home of her son in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the age of 75. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) 
 
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  Henry Landes (1862 - 1936)
 
Burial:
Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park
Seattle
King County
Washington, USA
Plot: Section MHS, Lot 0196
GPS (lat/lon): 47.71318, -122.3455
 
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Record added: Sep 19, 1999
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Bertha Knight Landes
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Bertha Knight Landes
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
 
Bertha Knight Landes
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
 
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