Ann J. Land
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Ann J. Land
Ann J. Land
Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 4th District

October 30, 1980[1] - January 7, 1992
George Schwartz
Michael Nutter
Personal details
BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 9, 2010
Sea Isle City
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)John Land[2]
ProfessionPolitician, Librarian, Community-relations Specialist

Ann J. Chambers Land was a member of the Philadelphia City Council and a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life

Land was a native North Philadelphia, where she attended John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School. After graduating from High School in 1950, she was an office worker, and later became a librarian at the Pennsylvania Senate.[3]

Political involvement

She was an active campaigner for John F. Kennedy, and later became a member of the Philadelphia's Democratic Committee. In the late 1970s, she was elected leader of the 38th Ward.[3]

City council

In 1980, she won a special election to the Philadelphia City Council, after incumbent George Schwartz resigned in the wake of the Abscam scandal. She was re-elected 1983, and in 1987, she won a second full-term by defeating challenger Michael Nutter.[3]

Defeat and later life

In 1991, Nutter again challenged Land,[4] and this time was successful. Nutter would go on to wage a successful campaign for Mayor in 2007.

After her defeat, Land was a community-relations specialist with Philadelphia Gas Works.[3]

Personal life

Land married her husband, John, in 1954. He was a beverage distributor with a business in West Philadelphia. The couple had five children.[3]

She died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in March 2010 at her home in Sea Isle City, New Jersey.[3]


  1. ^ Robbins, William (October 31, 1980). "'New' Philadelphia Council Meets at Site of Old Woes; Symbols of Change Smooth and Weak Their Strength Grew". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "ANN J. (Nancy Chambers) LAND". March 12-14, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Ann J. Chambers Land, 77; was on Council". March 12, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "A BITTER REMATCH IN FOURTH DISTRICT". The Philadelphia Inquirer. March 26, 1991. Retrieved 2011.

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