John T. Alsap


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John Tabor Alsap (b.1830 - d.1886) was born on February 28, 1830 in Frankfort, Kentucky.

He traveled to the Arizona Territory and was appointed the first Territorial Treasurer by Territorial Governor Goodwin.

He married Louise Osborn on June 6, 1866 in Yavapai, Arizona.

John was named probate judge and county superintendent of public schools by Arizona Governor Safford in 1871. He was elected as the first Mayor of the city of Phoenix on May 3, 1881 and was elected as a Phoenix, Arizona councilman in 1884.

Following the death of his wife, John's second marriage was to Anna Murray on September 7, 1876 in Phoenix.

Handwriting on back of photograph reads: "John T. Alsap, Grand Master F.A.M. 1882, First Mayor of Phoenix".

F.A.M. is acronym for "Free and Accepted Masons".

John died on November 18, 1886 in Phoenix. He is buried in the Masons Cemetery of the Phoenix Pioneer and Military Memorial Park.

Sources:; U.S. Western States Marriage Index; Weekly Republican 5-8-1884; Arizona Republic 3-25-1951.


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