Seattle Municipal Archives
Now that the City of Seattle will be swearing in its second female mayor, the Seattle Municipal Archives has assembled an exhibit on Seattle’s first female mayor, Bertha Knight Landes. When Landes was elected in 1926, Seattle became the first major U.S. city to have a female mayor. She served a single two-year term.
Landes supported city planning and zoning, improved public health and safety programs, and social concerns such as hospitals and recreation programs. She encouraged the use of professional expertise in many areas, and hired by merit (instead of cronyism) through a strengthened Civil Service Commission. She also supported public ownership of utilities. Landes countered the dominant business perspective with one that included caring for the City’s moral, social and physical environment. Prior to being elected mayor, Landes had served on the City Council for four years.
The exhibit is in the Third Floor Clerk’s Office lobby at Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.