Term: 1971 to 1987 No mayor has perhaps loomed larger over Baltimore or left a greater legacy than the legendary, and at times, controversial William Donald Schaefer. In a sprawling more than half century political career, Schaefer rose from being a city councilman (1955-1967) to serve as president of the City Council president from 1967 to 1971. He was Baltimore's "do-it-now" mayor from 1971 to 1987, when he was then elected governor, serving until 1995. In 1998, he was elected comptroller of the treasury and was state comptroller from 2000 to 2007. Schaefer's legacy includes Harborplace, the National Aquarium and Camden Yards. He also worked diligently to improve city schools and supported and placed a great emphasis on the importance of neighborhoods. At his death in 2011, he was 89, and is buried in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.
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