List of mayors of Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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This is a list of people who have served as mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.[1] Before 1879, the mayor was a magistrate hired by the Board of Commissioners to exercise police powers. An 1879 amendment to the town charter formalized this role. An 1895 charter amendment established the mayor as a position elected by the town's citizens. John H. Watson became the first person elected as mayor on May 5, 1895.[2]


  • H. B. Smith (1869–1872)
  • John H. Watson (1872)
  • John W. Carr (1873–1874)
  • John White (1874)
  • Andrew Mickel (1874–1876)
  • John H. Watson (1876–1879)
  • Merritt Cheek (1879–1882)
  • Jones Watson (1882–1883)
  • John H. Watson (1883–1884)
  • A. J. McDade (1884–1885)
  • John H. Watson (1885–1887)
  • William N. Pritchard (1887–1888)
  • A. J. McDade (1888–1891)
  • John H. Watson (1891–1895)
  • Algernon S. Barbee (1895–1901)
  • James C. MacRae, Jr. (1901–1903)
  • William S. Roberson (1903–1907)
  • Algernon S. Barbee (1907–1911)
  • William S. Roberson (1911–1913)
  • L. P. McLendon (1913–1914)
  • William S. Roberson (1914–1927)
  • Zebulon Council (1927–1933)
  • John M. Foushee (1933–1942)
  • R. W. Madry (1942–1949)
  • Edwin S. Lanier (1949–1954)
  • Oliver K. Cornwell (1954–1961)
  • Roland McClamroch (1961–1969)
  • Howard Lee (1969–1975)
  • Martin Wallace (1975–1979)
  • Joseph L. Nassif (1979–1985)
  • James Wallace (1985–1987)
  • Jonathan Howes (1987–1991)
  • Kenneth Broun (1991–1995)
  • Rosemary Waldorf (1995–2001)
  • Kevin Foy (2001–2009)
  • Mark Kleinschmidt (2009–present)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Your Town Government." Town of Chapel Hill, September 2007.
  2. ^ "History of Chapel Hill." Town of Chapel Hill Official Website. Accessed October 23, 2008.