Franklin A. Alberger
Portrait of Franklin A. Alberger
26th Mayor of Buffalo
In office
Preceded byTimothy T. Lockwood
Succeeded byWilliam G. Fargo
Personal details
BornJanuary 14, 1825
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedAugust 24, 1877(1877-08-24) (aged 52)
Buffalo, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Katherine Rice
Childrenfour children
"Franklin A. Alberger". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27.

Franklin Augustus Alberger (January 14, 1825 in Baltimore, Maryland – August 24, 1877 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York) was an American businessman and politician from New York.


He was the son of Job Alberger, a butcher who owned a shop and slaughterhouses. In 1837, the family removed to Buffalo. Franklin learned the butcher's trade from his father, and opened a pork packing business with his brothers. He married Katharine Rice, and they had four children.

He entered politics as a Whig and joined the Republican Party on its foundation. In 1854, he was elected alderman from the Eleventh Ward, and in 1859 from the Ninth Ward. The Union city convention was held on October 22, 1859, and after many ballots Alberger was nominated for Mayor. He was Mayor of Buffalo, New York from January 2, 1860, to January 6, 1862.

He was a Canal Commissioner from 1862 to 1867, elected in 1861 and 1864 on the Union ticket.

He was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly (Erie Co., 3rd D.) in 1871, 1872, 1873 and 1874.

He died suddenly, apparently of cholera, and was buried at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.


New York State Assembly Preceded byAlbert H. Blossom New York State Assembly Erie County, 3rd District 1871–1874 Succeeded byEdward Gallagher (politician) Political offices Preceded byTimothy T. Lockwood Mayor of Buffalo, NY 1860–1862 Succeeded byWilliam G. Fargo