E. G. Haden

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Elbridge George Haden
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E. G. Haden (D)

Electoral District At-large
Term Start September 1, 1908
Term End August 31, 1910
Preceded by George W. Olivier
Succeeded by E. G. Haden

Electoral District At-large
Term Start September 1, 1910
Term End August 31, 1912
Preceded by E. G. Haden
Succeeded by A. V. Conway

Electoral District At-large
Term Start September 1, 1916
Term End August 31, 1918
Preceded by A. V. Conway
Succeeded by E. G. Haden

Electoral District At-large
Term Start September 1, 1918
Term End August 31, 1920
Preceded by E. G. Haden
Succeeded by B. E. Wheeler

Biographical Information

Date of birth September 17, 1853
Date of death February 28, 1933
Place of birth Fluvanna County, VA
Place of death Charlottesville, VA
Spouse Martha Douglas Early Haden
Children William Dandridge "Dan" Haden
Abner E. Haden
Elizabeth Kabler Haden
Mrs. B. J. Scruggs
Elbridge Gerry Haden
Residence 820 East High Street (1914); 408 Park Street (1933)
Profession Real Estate
Religion Presbyterian

Elbridge George Haden (1853 - 1933) was well known city realtor and a popularly mayor in early the 20th century. Haden was an elected city-wide mayor for four terms.

During the 1918 flu pandemic in Charlottesville-Albemarle, as a part of the worldwide Spanish flu pandemic, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, (it didn't reach Albemarle-Charlottesville until the fall of 1918), in view of the spread of influenza, Mayor Haden took aggressive actions, including ordering "all schools, public and private, churches, theaters, and all other places where there were public congregations closed..." and further “ordered the Chief of Police to see that these orders were observed and that no congregation of people be allowed in the city...” until further notice was given. [1]

Public office

Before moving to Charlottesville, Haden served as justice of the peace and county supervisor in Campbell County.

In 1908, he was elected mayor of the city and served a two year term. In 1910, he was re-elected mayor for another two-year term.

After an outbreak of rabies in the community, Mayor Haden ordered the police department to shoot all dogs running loose within the City limits. Haden lost his party's support for re-election in 1912, due in part, to the public outcry of his orders. see also 1912 election

Again, in 1916, he was elected to the office of mayor for a two-year term assuming the City’s executive powers and duties. [2]

Civic

In February 1912, he was the president of the Park Place Improvement Company. [3]

On February 13, 1912, Mayor Haden, vetoed a residential segregation ordinance entitled "An Ordinance to secure for white and colored people a separate location of residing for each race" passed by Charlottesville's City Council unanimously on February 8, 1912. The reasons given by the Mayor for his veto were that such action would depreciate property values throughout the city. The Council immediately called a special session at which it unanimously overrode the Mayor's veto, "thus putting in place Charlottesville's mandate for segregation of residential occupation of all streets and neighborhoods. The language was similar to that of the Richmond ordinance."[4]

In the 1912 election, held on June 11, 1912, Haden did not run for the office of Mayor.

In August 1918, he endorsed the creation of a memorial school to honor Meriwether Lewis. [5]

Businesses

In 1914, his real estate office building was located at 112 5th NE.

"Haden Building", corner of 5th and Market Street
E. G. Haden residence in 1933, 408 Park Street, "The Tower House" (c. 1850-1861)
E. G. Haden's Gravestone, Maplewood Cemetery

Biography

Born on September 17, 1853 on the homestead plantation of the family in Fluvanna County, Haden was the youngest of twelve children of Cpt. William Douglas Haden and Elizabeth Haden. He was brother of Socrates Haden and husband of Martha Douglas (Early) Haden whom he married on February 29, 1876 in Campbell County, Virginia.

On February 29, 1876, he married Miss Martha Douglas Early of Campbell County.

Martha Douglas Early, daughter of Abner and Mary Ann Kabler Early, was born in March 1853 in Virginia and died January 22, 1932.

They had five children, William Dandridge "Dan" Haden, Abner E. Haden, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Kabler Haden, Anna Davis Haden (Mrs. B. J. Scruggs, who’s residence was near Pantops) and Elbridge Gerry Haden.

In 1895, Haden established his residency in Charlottesville.[6]

Haden was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was an officer of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Haden was the father of Dr. William Dandridge "Dan" Haden (1879 - 1945) who served three terms as president of the council (mayor) and had also been a member of the city council (1930-1942).

Elbridge George Haden died on February 28, 1933 in Charlottesville and was buried at Maplewood Cemetery.

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References

  1. Web. CLOSE UP ANOTHER WEEK, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, October 10, 1918, retrieved March 13, 2020.
  2. Web. To The Voters of the City of Charlottesville, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, May 30, 1916, retrieved May 30, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. May 30, 1916 page 6.
  3. Web. Advertisement, Advertisement, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, February 5, 1912, retrieved February 5, 2017 from University of Virginia Library. Print. February 5, 1912 page 6.
  4. Fifeville-Castle Hill Historic District https://www.livingplaces.com/VA/Independent_Cities/Charlottesville_City/Fifeville-Castle_Hill_Historic_District.html
  5. Web. Lewis Memorial School Endorsed, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, August 8, 1918, retrieved August 7, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. August 8, 1918 page 1.
  6. Web. E. G. Haden, Twice Mayor, is Dead. Was long engaged in Real Estate Business…died at his home on Park Street, after a brief illness., Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, February 28, 1933, retrieved October 13, 2018 from University of Virginia Library. Print. February 28, 1933 page 1.


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