William Donald Schaefer

American politician (1921-2011)

William Donald Schaefer (November 2, 1921 – April 18, 2011) was an American politician. He was a Democrat. He was the 44th Mayor of Baltimore from December 1971 to January 1987, the 58th Governor of Maryland from January 21, 1987 to January 18, 1995. He also was the 32nd Comptroller of Maryland from January 20, 1999 to January 17, 2007.

William Donald Schaefer
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58th Governor of Maryland
In office
January 21, 1987 – January 18, 1995
LieutenantMelvin Steinberg
Preceded byHarry Hughes
Succeeded byParris Glendening
44th Mayor of Baltimore
In office
January 1, 1971 – January 26, 1987
Preceded byThomas D'Alesandro
Succeeded byClarence H. Burns
32nd Comptroller of Maryland
In office
January 25, 1999 – January 22, 2007
GovernorParris Glendening
Bob Ehrlich
Martin O'Malley
Preceded byRobert L. Swann
Succeeded byPeter Franchot
Personal details
BornNovember 2, 1921
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedApril 18, 2011(2011-04-18) (aged 89)
Catonsville, Maryland, U.S.
Cause of deathPneumonia
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materThe Baltimore City College ("magnet" public high school)
University of Baltimore (Law School)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army (1942–1946) United States Army Reserves (1946–1979)
Years of service1942–1979
Battles/warsWorld War II

On September 12, 2006, Schaefer lost his reelection bid for a third term as Comptroller by Maryland Delegate Peter Franchot in the Democratic Party primary.[1]


  1. "William Donald Schaefer (1921-2011) Biographical Series; Governor of Maryland 1987-1995, Comptroller of Maryland 1999-2007 (Democrat)". Archives of Maryland, MSA SC 3520-1489. Maryland State Government. April 19, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2018.