Ralph Perk

Born Jan 19, 1914

Ralph Joseph Perk was an American politician of the Republican Party who served as the 52nd mayor of Cleveland, Ohio.

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1914 Birth Born on January 19, 1914.


1953 39 Years Old Beginning in 1953, Perk was elected to five two-year terms on the Cleveland City Council from the city's Ward 13.


1954 40 Years Old …  Eberling was later found guilty in the death of Ethel M. Durkin, a Cleveland area widow; he also linked himself to the Marilyn Sheppard murder in Bay Village, in 1954. … Read More
1962 48 Years Old In 1962, he was elected auditor of Cuyahoga County, the first Republican to win countywide office since the mid-1930s; he was re-elected in 1966 and 1970.


1965 51 Years Old In 1965 and 1969, Perk ran for mayor of Cleveland and was defeated both times in the general election.
1971 57 Years Old In 1971, Perk won the Republican nomination for mayor for the third time. … Read More
1972 58 Years Old 1 More Event
As mayor, Perk became the subject of national ridicule on October 16, 1972, when he accidentally set his hair on fire while he attempted to use a welder's torch for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a convention in Cleveland … Read More
Perk went on to win the general election and was reelected in 1973 and 1975.


In 1974 Mayor Perk proposed merging the CTS-or Cleveland Transit System with suburban transit systems. … Read More
1977 63 Years Old In 1977, however, Perk suffered an upset defeat in the non-partisan primary for mayor, finishing third behind Dennis Kucinich and Edward F. Feighan. (Kucinich prevailed over Feighan in the general election).
1989 75 Years Old Perk's son, Ralph J. Perk, Jr., served as a municipal court judge in Cleveland from 1989 to 2003. … Read More
1999 85 Years Old Perk died in Westlake, Ohio, in 1999. … Read More
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