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Robert Linn, longest-serving mayor in United States; 95

BEAVER, Penn. -- Robert P. Linn, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the nation's longest-serving mayor, has died.

Mr. Linn, 95 and in his 15th term, died at home Saturday, said his daughter, Marty Scheidmantel.

He took office more than 58 years ago.

"He always stood up for the community, and rightfully so," said Beaver County Commissioners Chairman Dan Donatella. "Being mayor was almost a tradition for him. He loved the community and always put it ahead of everything."

Mr. Linn was sworn into office on Jan. 2, 1946, though he didn't want the job, which was then known as burgess. Mr. Linn went along with a group of Republicans who wanted to unseat the incumbent, but he took out a newspaper ad urging people to vote for his opponent.

In a 2002 interview, Mr. Linn said he tried to be the borough's biggest booster. "This is still one of the best places you can be," he said.

In 1995, Mr. Linn was officially recognized as the longest-serving mayor in the United States. Beaver is 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

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