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Joseph M Barr

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Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 26, 1982 (76)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
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About Joseph M Barr

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_M._Barr

Joseph M. Barr (May 28, 1906 – August 26, 1982) was an American politician who held a variety of positions, including an eleven-year tenure as Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1959 to 1970.


Joseph M. Barr

52nd Mayor of Pittsburgh

In office

January 2, 1959 – January 2, 1970

Preceded by Thomas Gallagher

Succeeded by Pete Flaherty

Member of the Pennsylvania Senate

from the 43rd district

In office

January 7, 1941 – November 30, 1960

Preceded by Thomas Kilgallen

Succeeded by John Devlin

Born May 28, 1906(1906-05-28)

Pittsburgh

Died August 26, 1982 (aged 76)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Political party Democratic

Profession Salesman

Religion Roman Catholic

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Joseph M. Barr (May 28, 1906 – August 26, 1982) served as Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1959 to 1970.

Early life

Barr was born in Pittsburgh to a large family. He started his career as a salesman in the city. In 1940 he became the state's youngest state senator serving the region in Harrisburg. His career in Harrisburg roughly coincided with David L. Lawrence's reign as Pittsburgh mayor. He was instrumental in being Pittsburgh's advocate and used his tenure to push through many of the local reforms needing state help.

Pittsburgh politics

In 1959 Barr the consummate Harrisburg insider and Lawrence the seasoned Pittsburgh chief swapped roles, with Barr coming "home" and running for Mayor and Lawrence becoming Governor of Pennsylvania. He was instrumental as mayor in completing many of the Lawrence programs, while at the same time having the city's infrastructure catch up to all the progress that Lawrence instituted. Expanded and modernized street lights, water services and the stadiums were all hallmarks of Barr's leadership. He oversaw the completion of both Three Rivers Stadium and the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, both having bogged down in heated political disputes during Lawrence's tenure.

As a well-connected leader of the Commonwealth, Barr was among the founders of the Finnegan Foundation memorializing Pennsylvania Secretary of State James A. Finnegan.

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Joseph M Barr's Timeline

1906
May 28, 1906
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
1982
August 26, 1982
Age 76
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States