Arthur B. Schirmer Jr.

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Arthur Bonnell Schirmer Jr.
59th Mayor of Charleston
In office
August 19, 1975 December 15, 1975
Preceded by J. Palmer Gaillard Jr.
Succeeded by Joseph P. Riley Jr.
Personal details
BornFebruary 24, 1933
DiedApril 6, 2008(2008-04-06) (aged 75)
Professionpresident of Landscaping Pavers Ltd.

Arthur Bonnell Schirmer Jr. was the fifty-ninth mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, completing the final four months of J. Palmer Gaillard, after Gaillard's resignation. He did not run for election for a full term.

Schirmer was born on February 24, 1933, and died on July 17, 2008; he is buried at Magnolia Cemetery.

Schirmer was sworn in on August 19, 1975. [1] Although Schirmer served for only four months, he did not want to be thought of as a mere interim mayor, once saying, "When my accomplishments are considered, people will realize that I have been anything but an interim mayor." During his brief tenure, he directed the city to begin sharing its pools with the school district and also began planning for the sale of the municipal airport. His mayorship ended on December 15, 1975, with the inauguration of Joseph P. Riley Jr. At that time, he returned to his job running paving and landscaping companies and operating a limestone quarry. [2]

Schirmer was raised in downtown Charleston on Bull Street, but during his time in office, he lived in West Ashley, making him the one of the few mayors of Charleston to have lived there. A set of tennis courts at Bees Landing Recreation Center is named in his honor. [2]

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  1. Counts, Henry O. (August 20, 1975). "An Honor I Shall Never Forget". News & Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. pp. 1-A. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  2. 1 2 Slade, David (July 19, 2008). "Former Charleston mayor made most of his brief time in office". Charleston Post & Courier. pp. B1. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
Preceded by
J. Palmer Gaillard Jr.
Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina
Succeeded by
Joseph P. Riley Jr.