Breaking news of 1890

BY DIANA KOHN

B. F. Gilbert declared Mayor!

Benjamin Franklin Gilbert, 1841-1907 This formal portrait of Benjamin Franklin Gilbert, known to his friends as Frank, captures the successful real estate developer who pursued his vision for a sylvan suburb at the northern edge of the nation’s capital.  From 1883 until his death in 1907, he oversaw every aspect of his creation.

Benjamin Franklin Gilbert, 1841-1907

MAY 6, 1890: It’s official!  Ballots from yesterday’s election have been tallied, and Benjamin Franklin Gilbert declared winner of the mayor’s race. His 50 votes easily trumped his opponent, Rev. Chauncey H. Remington, who received 18 votes as part the People’s Ticket. Mayor Gilbert will be joined on Council by George Bailey, J. Vance Lewis, Daniel Smith and Fred Lung.  The first order of Council business is to craft a Town Charter. The election was required following the incorporation of the Town of Takoma Park on April 3rd.

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These original ballot tallies are taken from the Charles Heaton scrapbook in the Historic Takoma Archives.  See related Voice article: TALES OF TAKOMA: Takoma turns 125.

About the Author

Diana Kohn
Diana Kohn is president of Historic Takoma, Inc., which is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the heritage of both Takoma Park MD and DC. Diana is co-author of Images of America: Takoma Park, a photo history of the town.