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Former Savannah Mayor Found Dead From Gunshot Wound

February 19, 1985

SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) _ Former Savannah Mayor Walter Lee Mingledorff Jr. was found dead of a gunshot wound Monday at his 20,000-acre plantation home. He was 70.

Mingledorff died of a shotgun wound in his lower left chest, said Coroner Libby Lee, declining to elaborate. The Savannah Morning News quoted unidentified sources familiar with the investigation as saying no foul play was suspected.

Mingledorff, who was mayor of Savannah from 1954 through 1960, reportedly had been in declining health after recovering from heart bypass surgery several years ago.

Deputy Sheriff Charles Freeman said an unidentified family member discovered the body on the floor of a workshop where Mingledorff spent much of his spare time.

Mingledorff became Savannah’s second-youngest mayor when he was elected in 1954 at age 39. He won a second two-year term in 1956 and a four-year term in 1958. Midway through that term, he resigned to make an unsuccessful race for chairman of the Chatham County Commission.

Services will be held Wednesday at First United Methodist Church.

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