Sherburn Becker

The adventures of Milwaukee’s boy mayor

He only ran the city for two years, but no Milwaukee mayor had more fun in office – or pulled crazier stunts, than Sherburn Becker, known as the "boy mayor."

He only ran the city for two years, but no Milwaukee mayor had more fun in office than 26-year-old Sherburn Becker, known as the “boy mayor.”

He loved watching fires, hated sidewalk clocks, drove the fastest and flashiest car in town, and set the city’s political establishment on its ear. Elected mayor in 1906 at the age of 26, he only served a single two-year term but no one had more fun in office, or pulled crazier stunts, than Sherburn M. Becker, nationally famous as “Milwaukee’s boy mayor.” (more…)