1873The first city election was held.Government and Public Service, City Government

Mayor Robert Fears, c. 1900. Chickering Studio, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 14152
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The first election was held on December 1, 1873. Robert R. Fears was elected as the first mayor of Gloucester. Selectman Robert R. Fears, a Democrat, defeated former selectman Addison Gilbert, the Republican candidate, and became the first mayor of Gloucester. According to Pringle, Gilbert’s defeat may have been due to overconfident remarks he made before the election, where he declared “I know I shall be elected,” and “I feel it in the air.” He served until 1876.

John J. Somes was elected as the city clerk, which he occupied for 46 years.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Gloucester [Mass.] Procter brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog Pringle, James R. History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Published by the City of Gloucester Archives Committee and the Ten Pound Island Book Co., 1997.
Signature of Robert Fears, n.d. Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, D06, FF22
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