J. Henry Stump, Socialist mayor of Reading, PA, from 1927-1931, 1935-1939, and 1943-1947.
flipFlip to Mayor Harry Stump (in the middle) and James Maurer (second from the right) sitting with the city's first all Socialist City Council, Reading, PA, 1929.
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Head and shoulders image of a man in a suit and tie.

Credit: The Historical Society of Berks County Museum and Library

After leaving school at the age of thirteen and working a number of jobs, Reading's J. Henry Stump (1880 - 1949) joined the Socialist party in 1902 and soon emerged as a leader, becoming president of the Federated Trade Council in 1914. In 1918, Stump became the business manager of the Labor Advocate, a weekly newspaper published by the Socialist Party of Berks County, and in 1927 was elected mayor of Reading. From 1929-31, Reading had both an American Socialist mayor and majority on its city council.

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