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Ralph A. Villani, American lawyer. Recipient Pilgrim Degree of Merit, L.O.M., 1940, Member Griffith Music Foundation; Governor Columbus Hospital civic, charitable and fraternity orgns. Knights of Columbus, Elk, Eagle, Moose (past governor, president New Jersey association, 1934; chief justice supreme Forum, member Surpeme Council. Supreme Governor 1957-1958) trustee Moosehaven.


Villani, Ralph A. was born on September 11, 1901 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States. Son of Carmine and Anna (Fontanarosa) Villani.


Bachelor of Laws, Syracuse University, 1924.


As of 2015 he was the last elected mayor of Newark from the Republican party. On Tuesday, May 17, 1949 Villani was named Mayor of Newark by his fellow City Commissioners. In 1953, a grand jury charged that Mayor Villani and other officials in the Department of Parks and Public Property, of which he served as director, had received money from employees "as salary kickbacks or payment for promotions." That May, Mayor Villani and fellow City Commissioner Stephen Moran lost their respective bids for re-election.

Villani was replaced as mayor by independent candidate Leo P. Carlin. Villani died in late February 1974 after suffering a heart attack at his home. He was 72 years old.


Clubs: Newark Athletic, Columbia Civic.


Married Theresa Galante, June 19, 1929.

Carmine Villani

Anna (Fontanarosa) Villani

Theresa Galante