1895 George Waring

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In 1895, New York City Mayor William Lafayette Strong appointed Waring commissioner of the city’s Department of Street Cleaning.

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Strong’s original choice for the position—future president Theodore Roosevelt—turned the job down in favor of the higher-profile post of police commissioner. (Founded in 1881, the Department of Street Cleaning was the precursor of the New York City Department of Sanitation, now the largest of its kind in the world.)

1898-1905

John McGaw Woodbury

1898-1905

John McGaw Woodbury

1906

Macdonough Craven

1907

Dr. Walter Bensel

1911

William H. Edwards

William H. Edwards

William H. Edwards

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1914

John T. Fetherston