Article taken from the Sesquicentennial Souvenir Program published in 1956.
First City of Fayette County
By Willard L. Lewis
Connellsville enjoys a singular distinction. It is the first city of Fayette County.
Impetus to its expansion in 1909 when, at a special election, consolidation of the boroughs of Connellsville and New Haven was overwhelmingly approved. That balloting took place February 16, 1909. The vote was: For Consolidation, 1,511; against, 263.
J. Lewis Evans became the first burgess of "Greater Connellsville."
It was on May 12, 1911, during the administration of Governor John K. Tener, that Connellsville officially became a third class city - the first in Fayette County.