W. Freeland Kendrick

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W. Freeland Kendrick, 1924

W. Freeland Kendrick (1873 [1] – March 20, 1953 [2] ) was the Republican Mayor of Philadelphia from 1924–28. He served as a delegate from Pennsylvania to the Republican National Convention in 1920, [3] and served as the President of the Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1926. [4]


Kendrick was also an active Shriner, serving as Potentate of Lulu Shrine from 1906–18, and again from 1920–23. He was elected Imperial Potentate from 1919–20 and served as the second chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Shriners from 1934–49. [5] While he was serving as Imperial Potentate, he put forth the resolution that created the Shriners Hospitals for Children. [6] From 1949 until his death, he served on the board of trustees for the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital. [2]

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  1. Potts, Florence J. "The Shriners' Hospitals: A General Outline of the history of the Founding of the Shriners' Hospitals for Crippled Children." The American Journal of Nursing, Vol. 26, No. 10 (Oct., 1926), pp. 746.
  2. 1 2 "History of the Shriners". Accessed March 24, 2008.
  3. W. Freeland Kendrick at PoliticalGraveyard.com. Accessed March 24, 2008.
  4. "Foreword" in Austin, Erastus Long. The Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition. Arno Press, 1976. p. 9. ISBN   978-0-405-07670-1
  5. Shriners of North America. A Short History: Shriners of North America and Shriners Hospitals for Children. September 2004 edition. p. 26.
  6. Potts, Florence J. "The Shriners' Hospitals: A General Outline of the History of the Founding of the Shriners' Hospitals for Crippled Children." The American Journal of Nursing, Vol. 26, No. 10 (Oct., 1926), pp. 745-46.
Political offices
Preceded by
J. Hampton Moore
Mayor of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Harry Arista Mackey