1949 Pittsburgh mayoral election


Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1949
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Nominee David Lawrence Tice Ryan
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 152,081 95,498
Percentage 61.4% 38.6%

Mayor before election

David Lawrence

Elected Mayor

David Lawrence

The Mayoral election of 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was held on Tuesday, November 8, 1949. David Lawrence of the Democratic Party was reelected to a second term. Despite commanding a powerful position within both local politics and the state party, Lawrence faced a major primary challenge after he failed to gain the endorsement of the AFL-CIO. However, he achieved a moderate victory over union leader Ed Leonard, in part due to the surprising support of the Republican business community, which championed Lawrence's urban renewal projects. After the primary scare, Lawrence defeated Republican Timothy "Tice" Ryan, an attorney, by what was then the biggest margin in city mayoral history.

Pittsburgh mayoral election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic David Lawrence 152,081 61.4
Republican Tice Ryan 95,498 38.6
Turnout 247,579
Democratic hold Swing


  • "Republican mayoral candidates through the years". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2009.

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