The Time an American City Elected a Socialist Mayor

In 1910, the American city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, elected socialist Emil Seidel as its mayor, marking a groundbreaking moment in American political history. Seidel's victory was a testament to the growing appeal of socialist ideas among the working class, and his tenure as mayor saw him implement progressive policies such as workers' compensation, public ownership of utilities, and the establishment of a minimum wage, earning him the nickname "Seidel the Socialist." His election and successful term in office challenged conventional political norms and paved the way for future socialist electoral victories in the United States.