Citizens Honor Former Mayor of Cincinnati

The Citizen’s Committee of Cincinnati have selected twelve outstanding citizens as the “civic patriots” who had done the most in making possible the administrative gains in Cincinnati and Hamilton County. One of those named was Murray Seasongood, former mayor of the Ohio municipality.

Mr. Seasongood has been picked by the Cincinnati Post to be the subject of the first of a series of articles on the twelve “civic patriots.” In an article written by the present Mayor, Russell Wilson, who “used to be a newspaperman himself,” Mr Seasongood is praised as “a good and faithful public servant.”

MAYOR ON HIS PREDECESSOR

Said Mayor Wilson of his predecessor:

“Mr. Seasongood has fought valiantly for non-partisanship in county government. His success has been a great boon, both politically and economically, to the citizens of Hamilton County. It is no exaggeration to say that Hamilton is the outstanding county of the United States today. It has become an ideal of government. Mr. Seasongood’s services to good government have been recognized by the National Municipal League, of which he was elected president over two years ago. In 1932 there was conferred on Mr. Seasongood a great honor. He was invited to be Godkin lecturer at Harvard University, and these lectures were published in 1933 by the Harvard University Press under the title, “Local Government in the United States—A Challenge and an Opportunity.”

The article reviews Seasongood’s political career and recalls his work in the creation of a new charter and his installation of the City Manager System in Cincinnati. It also dwells on the four years he was Mayor of the city, 1926-1930.

Mr. Seasongood will be 56 years old October 27. He is a true native of Cincinnati, both the families of his mother and father residing there for the past 100 years. He is a graduate of Harvard where he achieved an A.B., A.M. and L.L.B. After college he practiced law. In 1923 his public life began when he first urged charter changes.

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