Edward Davis Bass
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1873
Date of Death: 1960
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Grocer, Politician
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): Mayor of Chattanooga
Turtledove Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel
Type of Appearance: Direct (unnamed)
Political Office(s): Mayor of Chattanooga
Edward Davis Bass (March 28, 1873 – March 12, 1960) was a grocer who became mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1927. He held the office for nearly 20 years. Health problems forced him to refrain from pursuing the office in 1946, and he ultimately had to resign three months early. He was quite proud of the fact that during his term, at the height of the Great Depression, Chattanooga was one of the few cities to not default on its debts and was able to keep paying city employees without a raise on taxes.

Edward Davis Bass in Joe SteeleEdit

Mayor Edward Davis Bass was present to thank President Joe Steele for coming to Chattanooga in the minutes before Roland Laurence South's attempt to assassinate Steele in March 1937.[1]

Literary commentEdit

Bass isn't named, but the novel gives no reason to think that someone else was mayor.


  1. Joe Steele, pg. 147.
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Hardy
Mayor of Chattanooga
Succeeded by
Elijah Radford Betterton