Voters elect James d'Orma Braman as mayor of the City of Seattle on March 10, 1964.

  • By Dave Wilma
  • Posted 11/19/2000
  • Essay 2829
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On March 10, 1964, voters elect James d'Orma "Dorm" Braman (1901-1980) as mayor of the city of Seattle.

Pursuant to the Freeholders' Charter of 1946, the mayor's term of office was changed from two years to four years. Elections were held on the second Tuesday in March. In 1963, state law changed municipal elections from the spring to the fall beginning in 1967, in odd-numbered years, with terms of office beginning January 1 of even-numbered years. As a result, Braman's term ran through December 31, 1969. The vote counts were as follows:

  • J.D. Braman - 95,699
  • John A. Cherberg - 83,205

Braman resigned on March 23, 1969, to accept an appointment by President Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) as an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Transportation. The city council appointed council president Floyd C. Miller (1902-1985) to serve the remainder of Braman's term. 


"Mayors of the City of Seattle," Seattle City Clerk website accessed January 13, 2014 (
Note: This essay was corrected on January 13, 2014.

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