Bailey Gatzert is elected mayor of Seattle on August 2, 1875.

  • By Lee Micklin
  • Posted 10/30/1998
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 95

On August 2, 1875, Bailey Gatzert (1829-1893) is elected as the first and only (as of 2005) Jewish mayor of Seattle.

Gatzert was a partner and general manager of Schwabacher & Bros., one of Seattle's earliest hardware and general mercantile stores, later to become the start of wholesale trade in Seattle. He and his wife Babette Schwabacher Gatzert were involved in many business and civic ventures critical to the establishment of early Seattle commerce and infrastructure.


Sources: Washington State Jewish Historical Society, "Historically Speaking: Bailey Gatzert, Seattle's First and Only Jewish Mayor," Jewish Transcript, December 10, 1987.

Related Topics:   Firsts | Government & Politics | Jews in Washington

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