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A city as weird and wonderful as San Francisco is bound to have its share of unusual characters at the helm.

With the recent and stunning loss of SF Mayor Ed Lee, we got to wondering about the mayors of our past. What we found were great achievements, as well as plenty of scandals and eccentricities—no surprise there. Take a look at some of the city's most distinguished and notorious mayors in SF history.


The First Mayor

(via PA Civil War 150)

John W. Geary holds two distinguishing titles: He became the city's first mayor in 1850, the same year California became a state; and at just 30 years old, Geary was also the youngest mayor in SF history.

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