William B. Hartsfield
Hartsfield in 1961
|49th & 51st Mayor of Atlanta|
|Preceded by||George B. Lyle Acting|
|Succeeded by||Ivan Allen, Jr.|
|Preceded by||James L. Key|
|Succeeded by||Roy LeCraw|
William Berry Hartsfield
March 1, 1890
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||February 22, 1971 (aged 80)|
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||(1) Pearl Williams Hartsfield (married 1913-1962, divorced)|
(2) Tollie Bedenbaugh Tolan Hartsfield
|Children||William B. Hartsfield, Jr.|
William Berry Hartsfield, Sr. (March 1, 1890 – February 22, 1971), was an American politician who served as the 49th and 51st Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. His tenure extended from 1937 to 1941 and again from 1942 to 1962, making him the longest-serving mayor of his native Atlanta, Georgia.
Hartsfield is credited with developing Atlanta's airport into a national aviation center and ensuring a good water supply with the completion of the Buford Dam. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is named in Hartsfield's honor as well as a later mayor, Maynard Jackson, who led the modernization of the airport in the 1970s.
Hartsfield was responsible for fostering Atlanta's image as "the city too busy to hate" during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s. In 1957, he won election to his last term as mayor by defeating the staunch segregationist and future Governor Lester Maddox.
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James L. Key
| Mayor of Atlanta
George B. Lyle (acting)
| Mayor of Atlanta
Ivan Allen, Jr.
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