1929 Pittsburgh mayoral election


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Nominee Charles H. Kline Thomas A. Dunn
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 82,395 38,292
Percentage 67.6% 31.4%

The Mayoral election of 1929 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was held on Tuesday, November 5, 1929. Incumbent Republican mayor Charles H. Kline was re-elected over Thomas A. Dunn, who ran on the Democratic and Good Government party tickets. Until this election, no mayor of Pittsburgh had won consecutive terms since Henry A. Weaver in 1858, owing in part to a prior long-standing law prohibiting a mayor from succeeding himself.[1] As of 2017, this is the last time a Republican was elected mayor of Pittsburgh.

Primary elections

Prior to the Great Depression, Republicans dominated city politics. In this party's primary, Kline won a plurality of votes over Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard W. Martin and City Council President James F. Malone. Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce president and future city police chief Dunn, although a registered Republican, entered the race as a Democrat and won that party's primary. Dunn also ran on a "Good Government" ticket, hoping to attract support from independents as well as disgruntled Republicans upset over corruption in the Kline government.[2]

General election

Dunn failed to pull in enough independents to compensate for the anemic Democratic vote as Kline won easily, taking 28 of 30 wards.[2]

Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1929[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles H. Kline 82,395 67.6
Democratic Thomas A. Dunn 38,292* 31.4
Socialist William J. Van Essen 592 0.5
Prohibition H. Rea Garber 522 0.4
Communist Emmett Patrick Cush 149 0.1
Total votes 121,950 100.0

*Dunn received 29,838 votes on the Democratic ticket and 8,454 votes on the Good Government slate.


  1. ^ Townley, John B. (August 7, 1932). "Politics and Personages". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 8.
  2. ^ a b Weber, Michael P. (1988). Don't Call Me Boss: David L. Lawrence, Pittsburgh's Renaissance Mayor. University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-8229-3565-1.
  3. ^ "Official Count Fixes Kline's Majority at 44,103". Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. November 17, 1929. part 1, p. 3 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Return Board Ends Check on Election Vote". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 18, 1929. p. 4, col. 1. (Typo: Dunn's Good Government vote shown as 8,494 instead of 8,454.)
  5. ^ "Kline's Majority Set at 44,103 by Official Count". The Pittsburgh Press. November 17, 1929. p. 10, col. 1 – via Newspapers.com. (Typo: Dunn's total vote shown as 38,282 instead of 38,292.)

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