Philadelphia Mayor, Businessman. He made a fortune as a rope-manufacturer, being the founder of the Fairhill Steam Cordage Works , which manufactured rigging for ships. He served as the Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1887 to 1891. His popularity led to his being nominated by his fellow Pennsylvanians for the presidency of the United States at the 1888 Republican convention. He was the first mayor of Philadelphia to be elected to a four year term under Philadelphia's then new City Charter; mayors had previously served a one, two, or three year term. Fitler was the first Philadelphia mayor to occupy offices in the new (and current) City Hall. Though he moved up in society, Fitler never forgot his roots. He was a contributor and officer of the Kensington Soup Society.
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Josephine R. Baker Fitler