Martin Behrman (14 October1864–12 January 1926), an American Democratic politician, was the longest-serving mayor in New Orleans history. Martin Behrman was born in New York City. His parents brought him to New Orleans as an infant. He lived most of his life in the Algiers neighborhood, on the west bank of the Mississippi River.
As a young man he became affiliated with the Regular Democratic Organization, a powerful political faction in New Orleans, during the 1888campaign of Francis T. Nicholls for governor of Louisiana. Behrman served as a delegate to the Louisiana state constitutional convention in 1898.
Behrman eventually served as mayor for just under 17 years, first from 1904 to 1920. After four consecutive terms he was defeated by reform candidate Andrew McShane. Behrman ran again in 1925 and won, serving from 1925 to 1926. He died in New Orleans less than a year into his fifth term. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Books by or about Martin Behrman • Behrman, Martin (1977). Martin Behrman of New Orleans: memoirs of a city boss. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. • Kendall, John Smith (1922). “Chapter XXXV, Sixteen Years of Martin Behrman”, History of New Orleans. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. • Reynolds, George M. (George Millar) (1936). Machine politics in New Orleans, 1897-1926: Studies in history, economics, and public law, no. 421. New York: AMS Press.
Places/things named after Martin Behrman • Behrman Avenue, New Orleans • Behrman Highway, New Orleans • Behrman Memorial Park, including Behrman Gym & Stadium, 2529 General Meyer Avenue, New Orleans • Behrman neighborhood in Algiers • Martin Behrman Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana • Martin Behrman Sr. High School, later Martin Behrman Middle School, later Martin Behrman Elementary School; 715 Opelousas Avenue, New Orleans