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Bernard Samuel
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Life History

Bernard Samuel, a Republican ward politican, was elected to Philadelphia's City Council in 1923.

In 1939 he became President Pro Tem when George Connell became acting Mayor upon the death of then Mayor S. Davis Wilson.

Samuel was then elected President of the City Council in November 1940.

He held the position in only an official capacity for the next four years. In August 1941, Mayor Robert E. Lamberton died suddenly and Samuel, and as President of Council, automatically succeeded to the Mayor's office and served throughout the remainder of Lamberton's term.

Samuel won the next two Mayoral elections in 1943 and 1947 beating Democrats William C. Bullitt and Richardson Dilworth respectively and became the first multi-term mayor since William S. Stokley (1872-1881).

In March 1945, when the United Nations was seeking a permanent home, Mayor Samuel appointed a committee of prominent citizens to promote Philadelphia as its site. He believed as first Capitol of the United States, it would be a fitting city as the "World Capitol of Peace." Despite their efforts and plans for a mall in front of Independence Hall, Philadelphia was not selected.

His mayoralty spanned the longest continual term in Philadelphia's history (1941-1952) and as of 2008, remains the last Republican to have been elected mayor of Philadelphia.
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