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James Dahlman

Born: Dec 15, 1856

Death: Jan 21, 1930

Birthplace: DeWitt County

Profession: Politician

Nationality: Germany

James Dahlman

Date of Birth : Dec 15, 1856
Date of Death : Jan 21, 1930
Birth Place : DeWitt County

James Charles Dahlman, also known as Jim Dahlman, Cowboy Jim and Mayor Jim, was elected to eight terms as mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, serving the city for 20 years over a 23-year-period. A German-American and an agnostic, Dahlman grew up in a ranching area and started working as a Texas cowboy. He was elected as a county sheriff and small town mayor in western Nebraska before moving to Omaha. Called the "perpetual Mayor" in Omaha, Dahlman was seen by many as a cover man for the city's vice elements. Earning the reputation as the "wettest mayor in America", Dahlman saw the number of saloons in Omaha double during his first 10 years as mayor. The term "Dahlmanism" was coined to describe his politics.


  • Politician

Also known as

  • Mayor James Dahlman


  • Hattie Dahlman
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