Thomas L. Holling
51st Mayor of Buffalo
In office
Preceded byGeorge J. Zimmermann
Succeeded byJoseph J. Kelly
Personal details
BornApril 23, 1889
Bad Axe, Michigan
DiedNovember 25, 1966(1966-11-25) (aged 77)
Redington Beach, Florida
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)married twice; Mary Lenhard and Helen Busch Steele
Childrenone child

Thomas Leslie Holling (1889–1966) was mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving 1938–1941. He was born April 23, 1889, in Bad Axe, Michigan. He grew up in Wyoming, Ontario, moving to Buffalo in 1906, and learned the printing business. He started his own printing business in 1911, the Holling Press. In 1924, the company opened a new 10-story plant at 501 Washington Street. On June 14, 1910, he married Mary Lenhard; she died in 1955 and he remarried the following year to Helen Busch Steele in St. Petersburg, Florida.[2]

He was elected mayor on November 2, 1937, as the Democratic candidate. During his term, the Lakeview and Willert Park housing projects were developed. Also constructed was the Kleinhans Music Hall and Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. After completing his single term, he returned to private life. In 1945, he received the Democratic nomination for mayor, but was defeated in the election by the Republican candidate Bernard J. Dowd. In early May 1946, Holling was one of several possible candidates in consideration for the post of governor of Puerto Rico. He died on November 25, 1966, in his home in Redington Beach, Florida, and was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cheektowaga, New York.[2]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3.
  2. ^ a b "Thomas L. Holling". 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.
Political offices Preceded byGeorge J. Zimmermann Mayor of Buffalo, NY 1938–1941 Succeeded byJoseph J. Kelly