(Courtesy of San Francisco Chronicle)

#TBT: The Eccentric History of the San Francisco Mayor's Office


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 Millionaire Populist

(via Cliff House Project)

An engineer, entrepreneur and man of the people, Adolph Sutro was a busy man well before he entered into politics. Having made his fortune on the Comstock Lode, Sutro—a German who emigrated here at the age of 20—made investments in land that still mark the city today: Mount Sutro, Land's End and Mount Davidson, most notably. Liked for his populist views, Sutro was elected as the 24th Mayor of San Francisco in 1894, but deemed by many to be unfit for office, he served only two years. But we doubt he minded much. At the end of his term, the millionaire's long-anticipated public project, the Sutro Baths—presided over by the new seven-story Victorian Cliff House—at last opened its doors.

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