Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr.'s term: 1947 to 1959 Thomas J. D'Alesandro III's term: 1967 to 1971 Affectionately known as "Old Tommy" or "Tommy the Elder," Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr. had been a three-term mayor of Baltimore. Earlier, D'Alesandro had served in the House of Delegates from 1926 to 1933, as a member of the City Council from 1935 to 1938, and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1939 until 1947 when he resigned to run for mayor. A progressive, he served as mayor from 1947 until 1959 when he was defeated in the mayoral election by J. Harold Grady. Baseball fans will always have a special place in their hearts for D'Alesandro, who with Clarence Miles succeeded in 1953 in getting major league baseball back to the city when the St. Louis Browns were transferred to the city and opened the 1954 season as the Orioles. In an editorial at his death, The Sun called him the "building mayor," whose accomplishments included the opening of Friendship Airport and the building of Memorial Stadium. He launched urban renewal projects and the Charles Center project. He fought for the elimination of old waterfront wharves at Pratt and Light streets, which reemerged in 1946 as Sam Smith National Park, today the home of Harborplace. The lifelong resident of Little Italy, lived until his death with his wife, Nancy, in a home at 245 Albermarle St. His son, Thomas J. D'Alesandro III, a lawyer, was elected mayor in 1967. Known as "Tommy the Younger," he served as Grady's administrative floor leader until being elected City Council president in 1963. D'Alesandro III was elected mayor in 1967, at a particularly difficult time in the city's life. In 1971, D'Alesandro III returned to private life and the practice of law. He lives in Baltimore. At his death at 84, D'Alesandro Jr. was buried in West Baltimore's New Cathedral Cemetery. D'Alesandro Jr.'s daughter Nancy Patricia Pelosi, was elected as a congresswoman from California in 1987, and later served as minority leader and the 60th speaker of the House of Representatives. Pictured: William Donald Schaefer, Clarence Burns, J. Harold Grady get together at dedication of a statue of former mayor Thomas D'Alesandro. Thomas D'Alesandro III (center) sits with his father, Thomas Jr. (left)
Sun photo by Paul H. Hutchins Jr.