By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Jul 08, 2006 at 11:13 AM
The Associated Press reports that Frank Zeidler, considered the last Socialist mayor to run a major American city -- Milwaukee -- has died. He was 93.

According to the AP, Zeidler died late Friday of congestive heart failure and diverticulitis, hospital spokesman Gregg Hartzog said.

Zeidler served as Milwaukee’s mayor from 1948 to 1960. During his tenure, the city doubled in size, and Zeidler oversaw the creation of the Milwaukee Arena, local library branches and 3,200 units of low-income housing

"This is a great loss to the family. His wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will miss him, as will his relatives and friends from Milwaukee and all around the world," according to a statement released by Columbia St. Mary's Hospital. "Funeral arrangements are being planned."

Zeidler, born in Milwaukee on Sept. 10, 1912, was part of the Socialist Party's strong position in Milwaukee.  From 1910 to 1960, three Socialist mayors -- Emil Seidel, Daniel W. Hoan and Zeidler -- held office for 38 years.

A lifelong resident, Zeidler ran for president unsuccessfully in 1976, receiving about 6,000 votes. He leaves behind his wife, Agnes, and six children.
Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.