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Harry Bacharach (October 24, 1873 – May 13, 1947) was the mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1912 for 6 months, and from 1916 to 1920, and again from 1930 to 1935.[1][2] A Republican, he also served as a city commissioner.


Bacharach was born in 1873 in Philadelphia.[3] His brother was United States Congressman Isaac Bacharach.[4]

In 1914, Bacharach was tried for election fraud in the 1910 mayoral election.[5]

He died in 1947 in Atlantic City.[6]


The Bacharach Giants, a Negro League baseball team that played in Atlantic City, was named for him.

Harry and his brother, Congressman Isaac Bacharach, founded the Betty Bacharach Home for Afflicted Children in honor of their mother, which opened in 1924. The home cared for children afflicted with infantile paralysis. The building at 2305 Atlantic Avenue, Longport, New Jersey, became the borough hall in 1990.[7]

In popular culture

Bacharach was played by actor John Rue in the HBO Television series Boardwalk Empire.


  1. ^ Jewish Politicians (religion or ancestry) in New Jersey
  2. ^ Atlantic City Free Public Library FAQ
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Mayor Riddle Defeated.; Twenty-six Arrests Made in Atlantic City Election.", The New York Times, May 10, 1916
  5. ^ "To Try Harry Bacharach.; Election Case Against ex-Mayor of Atlantic City to be Called To-day.", The New York Times, January 26, 1914
  6. ^ "Died". Time magazine. May 26, 1947. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Harry Bacharach, 73, five times mayor (1911-20, 1930-35) and longtime "No. 1 Booster" of Atlantic City; in Atlantic City. An ardent publicity-grabber (he once carried on the city's business in an amusement-pier office flanked by an educated chimpanzee and a half-man-half-woman), he nonetheless worked noisily at keeping his resort free of known thugs and 'undesirables.' 
  7. ^ "Borough of Longport, New Jersey:History". Borough of Longport, New Jersey, official web site. Borough of Longport, New Jersey. 2010-08-17. Archived from the original on 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Paxson
Mayor of Atlantic City
1930 – 1935
Succeeded by
Charles D. White
Preceded by
William Riddle
Mayor of Atlantic City
1916 – 1920
Succeeded by
Edward L. Bader
Preceded by
George Carmany
Mayor of Atlantic City
1912 (6 months)
Succeeded by
William Riddle