James Hugh Joseph Tate
|92nd Mayor of Philadelphia|
February 12, 1962 –January 3, 1972
Acting: February 12, 1962 – January 6, 1964
|Preceded by||Richardson Dilworth|
|Succeeded by||Frank Rizzo|
|President of the Philadelphia City Council|
January 20, 1955 –January 6, 1964
|Preceded by||Himself [b]|
|Succeeded by||Paul D'Ortona|
|President pro tempore of the|
Philadelphia City Council
January 4, 1954 –January 20, 1955
|Preceded by||James Finnegan [c]|
|Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 7th District|
January 7, 1952 –January 6, 1964
|Preceded by||John F. Byrne|
|Succeeded by||Joseph J. Hersch|
|Member of the PennsylvaniaHouseofRepresentatives |
from the Philadelphia County district
January 7, 1941 –November 30, 1946
|Born||April 10, 1910|
|Died||May 27, 1983 73) (aged|
Somers Point, New Jersey
|a. ^ Acting Mayor from February 12, 1962 through January 6, 1964|
b. ^ As President of the City Council
c. ^ As Council President
James Hugh Joseph Tate (April 10, 1910 – May 27, 1983) was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 92nd Mayor of Philadelphia from 1962 to 1972. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Philadelphia City Council. He was the first Roman Catholic to serve as mayor of Philadelphia.
He was born on April 10, 1910 in Philadelphia. He received his LL.B. from Temple University in 1938 and clerked for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
He was active in Democratic Party politics and, in 1941, won a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to an at-large seat for Philadelphia County. He won re-election to the House in 1943 and 1945. In 1951, he won a seat on the Philadelphia City Council and became the President pro tempore in 1954, which became the council president in 1955. He held that position for nearly 10 years.
Mayor Richardson Dilworth resigned his post in 1962 in order to make a second run for Governor in that fall’s general election. As the city council president, Tate became acting mayor upon Dilworth’s resignation. He went on to win two terms in his own right, in 1963 and 1967.As a result, he is to date the longest serving mayor.
In 1963, he defeated Republican James McDermott with 54% of the vote.He fended off a protest by the Congress of Racial Equality by stopping construction of the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building until more black workers were hired.
In 1967, he appointed Frank Rizzo as the police commissioner.He defeated District Attorney Arlen Specter in 1967 by less than 12,000 votes.
Towards the end of his life, Tate lived in Longport, New Jersey.
Tate died of an apparent myocardial infarction in Somers Point, aged 73.
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| Mayor of Philadelphia 1|
|Philadelphia City Council|
| President of the Philadelphia City Council |
James Finnegan 3
| President pro tempore of the Philadelphia City Council |
John F. Byrne
| Member of the Philadelphia City Council for the 7th District|
Joseph J. Hersch
|Notes and references|
|1. Acting Mayor from 1962 through early 1964|
2. As President pro tempore of the City Council
3. As Council President
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