Ferdinand E. Volz

Ferdinand E. Volz (1823 May 14, 1876), served as Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1854 to 1856.

Ferdinand E. Volz
20th Mayor of Pittsburgh
In office
Preceded byRobert M. Riddle
Succeeded byWilliam Bingham
Personal details
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DiedMay 14, 1876 (aged 52/53)

Volz was born in Pittsburgh in 1823.[1] He served as water assessor from 1847-1851.[2]

He was elected mayor on January 10, 1854 as a Whig,[3] and holds the distinction as the city's last mayor from that party. During the one-year term that followed, Pittsburgh was hit by its worst cholera epidemic, and additionally suffered through a severe drought.[1] Volz was re-elected as a fusion candidate, representing a coalition of Whigs and Democrats in opposition to the rapidly growing Know Nothing movement.[4]

After an unsuccessful bid for a third term, Volz returned to his post as Water Assessor.[1] In 1866, President Johnson appointed Volz as U.S. Collector of Revenue for Western Pennsylvania. He was also elected as Treasurer of the Allegheny Valley Railroad and served in that capacity until his death. Volz was an ardent Mason.[2]

He died in 1876 and is buried in Allegheny Cemetery.[1]

See also


  1. Swetnam, George (4 October 1973). "Mayors' Notebook". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 49.
  2. "Obituary". The Pittsburgh Commercial. 15 May 1876. p. 4.
  3. "The Mayor's Election". The Daily Pittsburgh Gazette. January 11, 1854. p. 2.
  4. Holt, Michael F. (1999). The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War. Oxford University Press. p. 887. ISBN 978-0-19-505544-3.
Preceded by
Robert M. Riddle
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Succeeded by
William Bingham
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