CHARLES BENNETT / AJC File
This January 1961 photo marks the beginning of a new era and the closing of an older one for the city of Atlanta as Mayor-nominee Ivan Allen Jr. (left) and Mayor William B. Hartsfield share a laugh. Born March 1, 1890, in Atlanta, William Hartsfield served as the city's mayor longer than anyone else -- for a total of 23 years, starting in 1936. He shepherded his hometown through the Depression and nascent Civil Rights era. When Allen succeeded Hartsfield, he took up the former mayor's work of leading Atlanta out of the Jim Crow era.
WILEY PERRY / AJC File
Aug. 28, 1959 -- Two mayors and a mayor's namesake got together at Grant Park Zoo on this date. Brimingham mayor James Morgan was in town to visit the zoo and Lenox Square. Here, Morgan, Mayor Hartsfield and Willie B., the zoo's new gorilla, pose for an AJC photographer. Willie B., who became the one of the city's most beloved icons, was named for Hartsfield. Hartsfield died in 1971, but his namesake lived on until February 2000.
Dec. 15, 1939 - Seating at the Atlanta premiere of 'Gone With the Wind,' from left to right: Jock Whitney, Margaret Mitchell, John Marsh, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Mayor William Hartsfield.
Original caption: "March 1943 -- The big moment of the cruiser bond rally at the Auditorium Friday night came with Margaret Mitchell, who christened the old cruiser Atlanta and will christen the new one, drew the curtain and unveiled pictures of President Roosevelt, the cruiser and two flags, one of them the Stars and Stripes and the other the Stars and Bars that flew from the Confederate ram Atlanta. The new ship couldn't be a better ship than the old -- 'let's pray to God it will be a luckier one,' she said. Standing as the national anthem is played are (left to right): Chief Justice Charles S. Reid, Secretary Knox, Mayor Hartsfield, Miss Mitchell, (holding the sash with which she pulled the curtain); Ted Gamble, representing Secretary Morgenthau; Marion Allen, Mrs. Allen, and Bill Smith, who fought on the Atlanta."