The municipal election of November 6, 1951, in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, produced the first Democratic victory in the city in more
than a half-century. In the 1940s, Philadelphia had been the last major
American city with nearly all of its political offices occupied by
Republicans. The election was the first held under a reform charter that
had been overwhelmingly approved by voters the previous April. Joseph S.
Clark Jr. (pictured) and his running mate, Richardson Dilworth, were
elected mayor and district attorney; they had been two of the main
movers for the reform. Led by local party chairman James A. Finnegan,
the Democrats also took fourteen of seventeen city council seats and all
of the citywide offices on the ballot. A referendum on consolidating the
city and county governments passed by a wide margin. The election marked
the beginning of Democratic dominance of Philadelphia city politics,
which continues today.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_municipal_election,_1951>
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