City Council appoints William D. Wood as Mayor of the City of Seattle on April 6, 1896.

  • By Dave Wilma
  • Posted 11/16/2000
  • Essay 2796
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On April 6, 1896, the City Council appoints attorney and businessman William D. Wood (1858-1917) as Mayor of the City of Seattle to fill the unexpired term of Frank D. Black. In July 1897, Wood resigns to search for gold in the Klondike.

Pursuant to the Freeholders' Charter of 1890, the mayor's term of office was two years. Elections were held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in March.


Seattle City Clerk, "Mayors of the City of Seattle," (

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