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In New York City elections, Independent Democrat C. Godfrey Gunther wins the mayor's race

Charles Godfrey Gunther, detail
12/01/1863
In mayoral elections in New York City, wealthy fur importer and son of German immigrants C. Godfrey Gunther was elected as the Democratic mayor of the city, defeating both the Republican candidate Orison Blunt and the Tammany Hall nominee, Francis Booll. Gunther's victory owed much to immigrant support and broke the power temporarily of the Democratic machine. Gunther was heavily defeated in 1865 and the city returned to Tammany control.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
"The Charter Election: The Candidates Elected. C. Godfrey Gunther Mayor! The Machine Broken,"  New York Times, December 2, 1863, p. 1.

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