Hartford Spotlight on Ann Uccello 

Ann Uccello, Hartford mayor 1967-1971

Ann Uccello, Hartford mayor 1967-1971. Hartford Times Collection, Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library. Copyright restrictions apply.

Ann Uccello was the first woman to be mayor of Hartford and the first woman to be elected mayor of a capital city in the U.S. She was a Republican mayor, serving two terms, the first in 1967 and again in 1969. A graduate of Weaver High School in Hartford and St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Uccello was elected to the city council in 1963, where she served as chairman of the council’s Finance and Personnel Committee. During her second term on the council, after the 1965 election, she served as chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee. For her, winning a seat on the council was often portrayed as an “uphill fight.” She ran for office in a city that had about three and a half times as many registered Democrats as Republicans.