Lorenzo A. Kelsey

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Lorenzo A. Kelsey
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10th Mayor of Cleveland
In office
Preceded byJosiah A. Harris
Succeeded byFlavel W. Bingham
Personal details
Born(1803-02-22)February 22, 1803
Port Leyden, New York
DiedFebruary 13, 1890(1890-02-13) (aged 86)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting placeLake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sophia Smith

Lorenzo A. Kelsey (February 22, 1803 – February 13, 1890) was the mayor of Cleveland in 1848.

Kelsey was born to Eber and Lucy Ann Leete Kelsey in Port Leyden, New York, where he was locally educated. He later moved to Youngstown to work in the lumber industry. Kelsey and his wife, Sophia Smith (1806–1893), from Windsor, Connecticut, moved to Cleveland in 1837, after which he became the manager of the Cleveland House Hotel. After managing the hotel, Kelsey became captain of the USS Chesapeake and later the General Harrison. In 1848, Kelsey ran as a Democratic dark horse candidate due to his lack of political experience and defeated Charles Bradburn and Milo Hickox for the title of mayor. Kelsey returned to the hotel business in 1849 until his retirement. Kelsey died in Cleveland and was buried in the Erie Street Cemetery, until his remains were moved to Lake View Cemetery in 1903.

Kelsey and Sophia Smith had 7 children: Edgar (who died in infancy), Eugene, Antoinette, Theodore, Ada Helen, Josephine H., and Edgar A.


  • The Encyclopedia Of Cleveland History by Cleveland Bicentennial Commission (Cleveland, Ohio), David D. Van Tassel (Editor), and John J. Grabowski (Editor) ISBN 0-253-33056-4