Henry P. Ford

Henry Parker Ford (October 15, 1837 – April 21, 1905) was Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1896 to 1899.

Henry P. Ford
Portrait of Henry P. Ford,
c. 1896–1899
37th Mayor of Pittsburgh
In office
Preceded byBernard J. McKenna
Succeeded byWilliam J. Diehl
Personal details
Born(1837-10-15)October 15, 1837
DiedApril 21, 1905(1905-04-21) (aged 67)

Early life

Henry Parker Ford was born in Hudson, New York in 1837. He first worked as an accountant, experiencing much success in the trade. His skills in finance served him well in the expanding commercial center of Pittsburgh and led to his association in many industries in the city. He founded Emerson, Ford and Company, a manufacturing concern whose specialty was saw blades. In 1881 he was elected to city council.

Pittsburgh politics

For a city that sometimes goes by the nickname "city of bridges" and claims to have more bridges than any other city outside of Venice, Italy, Mayor Ford was perfect. He was the founder of the city's Department of Bridges during his term. Mayor Ford also oversaw the creation of Pittsburgh Police Department's Bicycle patrol in 1896 as well as the first water filtration in the city.

Ford died in 1905. He is buried in Homewood Cemetery on the city's east end.


Political offices
Preceded by
Bernard J. McKenna
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Succeeded by
William J. Diehl
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