, Newburyport, MA


November 14, 2013

Recent election marked first change since 1920


Henry Graf Jr. was appointed to the School Committee in 1960 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Donald Page.

Some members of the council achieved considerable longevity in years of service. Councilor at-large Edward G. Perkins served the longest, 34 consecutive years, 1920 to 1953.

The following represented their ward longer than anyone:

Theodore “Whistle” Stanwood, Ward 1, 25 consecutive years. He served as a ward councilor longer than anyone else. Patrick J. Welch served as Ward 2 councilor for 14 years. Conelius “Red” Foley served Ward 3 for 17 years. Arthur W. Southwell and Erford Fowler each served 14 years as Ward 4 councilor. Albert H. Zabriskie was Ward 5 councilor for 11 consecutive years. Harold Harnch was Ward 6 councilor for 15 consecutive years.

Until the present time 25 men and one woman (Brenda Swartz 1998-00) have served as president of the City Council. Edward G. Perkins held the position longer than anyone else, 15 years.

Five of the mayors served as president of the council: Albert H. Zabriskie, George H. Lawler Jr., Byron J. Matthews, Richard E. Sullivan and Christopher R. Sullivan.

In 1952 Annie Sayball became the first woman to serve as councilor at-large and Patricia Connolly became the first woman ward councilor as she represented Ward 5, in 1972-73. Up until now (October 2013) Wards 2 and 4 have never elected a woman to the council.


Joe Callahan is a former fire chief of Salisbury who is interested in historical accounts of the area.

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