Voters elect Wes Uhlman as Seattle Mayor on November 4, 1969.

  • By Alan J. Stein
  • Posted 6/09/1999
  • Essay 1318
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On November 4, 1969, Wes Uhlman (b. 1935) defeats Mort Frayn to become one of Seattle's youngest mayors at age 34. Both Robert Moran (1888-1890) and Harry White (1890-1892) were 31 when they took office. 

Wayne Larkin (ca. 1927-2009), Jeannette Williams (1914-2008), Liem Tuai, and George Cooley are elected to the Seattle City Council. Voters reject a transit household tax and a school levy.

Because the office of mayor was vacant (J. D. "Dorm" Braman had been appointed to a post in the Nixon Administration), Uhlman took office on December 1, 1969, one month before the usual inauguration.




Walt Crowley, Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995), 276; "Mayors of the City of Seattle," Seattle Municipal Clerk website, ( Reference/Mayors.htm).

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