Edwin Henry Fitler
Edwin Henry Fitler
|75th Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
April 4, 1887 – April 6, 1891
|Preceded by||William B. Smith|
|Succeeded by||Edwin S. Stuart|
|Born||December 2, 1825|
|Died||May 31, 1896 (aged 70)|
Torresdale, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|Resting place||Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Spouse(s)||Josephine R. Baker (m. 1850)|
|Relations||Happy Rockefeller (granddaughter)|
|Occupation||Cordage company president|
Edwin Henry Fitler (December 2, 1825 – May 31, 1896) was a Pennsylvania businessman and politician. A Republican, he served as Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania in 1876 and Mayor of Philadelphia from 1887 to 1891.
The younger Fitler received an academic education in Philadelphia, and studied law with attorney Charles E. Lex, but decided on a business career and obtained a position in his brother-in-law's cordage manufacturing business, George J. Weaver & Company.
Fitler became a partner in Weaver's business two years later, and it was renamed Weaver, Fitler & Company. Displaying an aptitude for mechanics, Fitler developed several inventions to improve and speed up rope making, which made the business more profitable by saving both time and money.
Over time Fitler bought out the other partners in Weaver, Fitler & Company, and by 1870 the business was again renamed, this time to Edwin H. Fitler & Company. His success continued, and his company eventually became one of the largest cordage manufacturers in the United States. Recognized as a leader in his industry, Fitler served as president of the American Cordage Manufacturers Association. Fitler was also active in other businesses, including member of the board of directors of the National Bank of the Northern Liberties.
Fitler also served as president of the board of trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Medical College, a member of the board of managers of the Edwin Forrest Home, and a member of the board of directors of the North Pennsylvania Railroad.
During the American Civil War, Fitler supported the Union. He was a director, vice president, and president of the Union League of Philadelphia, and his efforts included personally paying to recruit and equip a company from among the employees of his business.
Fitler was a Republican and served as one of Pennsylvania's presidential electors in 1876.
In 1887 Fitler was elected Mayor of Philadelphia, and he served one term, 1887 to 1891.
Though he was not an active candidate, in 1888 Fitler was nominated for President and received the votes of the Philadelphia delegation on the first ballot at that year's Republican national convention.
Death and burial
Fitler Square, an elementary school in Philadelphia and Fitler Street, in Philadelphia's Torresdale neighborhood, are named in his honor.
In 1850 Fitler married Josephine R. Baker.
- Kenneth W. Milano, Remembering Kensington & Fishtown: Philadelphia's Riverward Neighborhoods, "Edwin Henry Fitler, Kensington-Born Mayor of Philadelphia", The History Press, 2008.
William Burns Smith
| Mayor of Philadelphia
Edwin Sydney Stuart