I remembered an old post (and follow-up) of mine from awhile ago:
There were bishops in each of those cities before the 1970's - however, they were not named for their city, but were instead referred to as "Archdiocesan Districts." (For example, Pittsburgh was District 6, and had at the very least 2 other hierarchs before Metropolitan +MAXIMOS was elected: Bishop GERASIMOS (67-77) and Bishop THEODOSIOS (60-67). None of the aforementioned diocese on the GOA list are new (or new for the 70's - except maybe Detroit, carved out from Chicago's and Pittsburgh's areas), and in fact some of the dates listed refer to the enthronement of new hierarchs, not the establishment of the see.
Cleveland, Yes, one auxiliary bishop proceeded Bishop Theodosios of Ancona in the Sixth Archdiocesan District; Polyefkos (Finfinis), (spelling could be off on both of these), though I can't recall the title of the ancient see he held. Bishop Anthimos succeeded Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos for a short time and Bishop Maximos was an auxiliary for a short period before the implementation of '77/'78 charter which changed the archdiocesan districts seats to diocesan sees.
After finding it here, it caused me to check out Orthodox Wiki's list of US Orthodox bishops - a list that seems a bit thin to me, as it does not include every bishop, and certainly doesn't include all the Auxiliary bishops that have served in cities (even if they didn't have the city name in their title). I can say, at least for GOA Pittsburgh, that this omission leads to a bit of confusion; according to Orthodox Wiki, Metropolitan MAXIMOS is the first Greek bishop of Pittsburgh, but according to history, he's not the first Greek bishop in
I thought it may be useful to create a place to list the hierarchs of particular jurisdiction/locations (preferably all succession in 1 post, as below with GOA Pittsburgh) that is a bit more, say, inclusive than what we're currently finding.Greek Orthodox 6th District / Diocese of Pittsburgh / Metropolis of Pittsburgh
Newly-created 6th Archdiocesan District; 5 states (later 3) - November 1955. Bishop Polyevktos of Tropaiou
(Finfinis) - (1944-1955 Dean of G.O. Cathedral in SF)
Nov 3, 1955 ordained Bishop @ St. Nicholas Cathedral (newly made Cathedral), Pgh to serve the newly created 6th District.
November 1955-? (Sept 1960?)Bishop Theodosios of Ancona
(Vasilios L Sideris) - (1954-1960 Pastor of Three Heirarchs Church, Brooklyn, NY)
September 13, 1960 - December 1967
(I think he was transferred to District 9 - Toronto)Bishop Gerasimos of Abydos
(Elias Papadopoulos) - (1962-1967 Bishop of 3rd District - Boston)
December 1967 - 1977 (6th District)
(Retired, went to HC/HC)Bishop Anthimos of Christoupolis
- (I think he was dean of the Archdiocesan Cathedral in NYC)
Oct 1, 1977- April 1979 (6th District)
(Transferred to 3rd District - Boston, then to newly-created Diocese of Denver)Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh
(current) - (Professor of Systematic Theology at HC/HC; Bishop of Diokleia from June of 1978-April 1979)
April 27, 1979 - District changed into diocese; bishop from auxiliary to ruling bishop.
November 24, 1997 - His Grace elevated to Metrpolitan of Ainou and Presiding Hierarch of Pittsburgh
December 2002 - Diocese changed into Metropolis; Metropolitans "transferred" from their titular metropolises to the new Metropolises of US.