This Day in Milwaukee County History

TDIMCH: June 11, 1961

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This Day in Milwaukee County History: Former Socialist Mayor Daniel W. Hoan dies on June 11, 1961. He would be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee several days later. The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge was named in his honor when it opened to traffic in 1977.

Born in Waukesha in 1881, Hoan would go on to be elected as City Attorney during the Socialist Sweep of the 1910 municipal elections. He was elected as Mayor of the City of Milwaukee in 1916 and served nearly two and a half decades in that position. His administration is regarded as the longest continuous Socialist administration in U.S. history. It was only in 1940 that he lost his first election to young up-and-comer Carl Zeilder.

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