List of mayors of Laurel, Maryland

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This is a list of mayors of Laurel, Maryland,[1][2][3] a city in the central part of the U.S. state of Maryland. Before the city's (nonpartisan) office of Mayor was established, a similar role was that of President of the Board of Commissioners. Officials elected to multiple consecutive terms have the number of terms noted after their names. The term length changed from one year to two years in 1904, and from two years to four years in 1974.


Presidents of the Laurel Board of Commissioners[edit]

Order President Served Notes
1 James Curley 1870–1872 grandfather of James P. Curley[3]
2 James A. Crandle 1872–1873
3 Walter Brown 1873–1874
4 William H. Diven 1874–1875
5 John A. Talbott 1875–1876
6 Edward J. Phelps (2) 1876–1878 father of Edward Phelps[3]
7 John Haslup 1878–1879
8 John W. Whitesides (2) 1879–1881
9 Lawrence A. Ellis 1881–1882
10 Dr. John Cronmiller (4) 1882–1886
11 A.M. Bond (2) 1886–1888
12 Jesse Smallwood 1888–1889

Mayors of Laurel[edit]

Order Mayor Served Notes
1 Judson T. Cull 1890–1891
2 Charles H. Stanley (2) 1891–1893
3 J.R. Huntt 1893–1894
4 Gustavus B. Timanus 1894–1895
5 Edward Phelps (7) 1895–1902 son of Edward J. Phelps[3]
6 Gustavus Timanus (3) 1902–1905 3rd term had a two-year length
7 T. Watts Byerly 1905–1906 July 1905, completed Timanus' 3rd term
8 William E. Gilbert (3) 1906–1910
9 George McCeney 1910–1912 December 1910, completed Gilbert's 3rd term
10 George W. Waters, Jr. (3) 1912–1918
11 George P. McCeney 1918–1920
12 William E. Gilbert 1920
13 Edward F. Tolson 1920–1922 December 1920, completed Gilbert's term
14 Charles E. Little 1922–1924
15 Thomas D. Roberts 1924–1925
16 DeWilton H. Donaldson 1925–1928 October 1925, completed Roberts' term
17 James P. Curley[4] 1928–1930 grandson of James Curley[3]
18 John H. Fetty 1930–1934
19 Julian B. Anderson 1934–1936
20 Everard E. Hatch (2) 1936–1940
21 Edward F. Tolson (3) 1940–1946
22 John H. Fetty 1946–1948
23 Merrill L. Harrison (3) 1948–1954
24 Harry Hardingham, Jr. (2) 1954–1958
25 Hiram J. Soper (2) 1958–1962
26 P.G. Melbourne, III 1962–1964
27 Merrill L. Harrison (4) 1964–1972
28 Leo E. Wilson (2) 1972–1978 2nd term had a four-year length
29 Robert J. DiPietro (2) 1978–1986
30 Doris A. (Dani) Duniho 1986–1990 Laurel's first woman mayor[5][6]
31 Joseph R. Robison 1990–1994
32 Frank P. Casula (2) 1994–2001 died in office[7]
33 Michael R. Leszcz 2001–2002 October 2001, completed Casula's 2nd term[8]
34 Craig A. Moe (3) 2002–present election moved to odd years (starting 2011)[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the City of Laurel, Maryland". www.laurel.md.us. City of Laurel, Maryland. Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Laurel Mayors, Prince George's County, Maryland". www.msa.md.gov. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 29 November 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "About Laurel/History of Laurel". www.cityoflaurel.org. City of Laurel, Maryland. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Wotanis, Lindsey Lee (2011). Community journalism as ritual: A case study of community and weekly newspapers in Laurel, Maryland (PDF) (Ph.D.). University Microfilms International. pp. 199–200. 3461429. Retrieved January 1, 2013. [Curley] became Laurel's mayor in 1928 
  5. ^ "Former Ocalan Elected Mayor of Laurel, Md.". Ocala Star-Banner (Ocala, Florida). March 20, 1986. Retrieved January 1, 2013. [Duniho] will be Laurel's first woman mayor. 
  6. ^ "FY2010 Adopted Operating Budget" (PDF). City of Laurel, Maryland. 2009. p. 141. Retrieved January 1, 2013. The park was renamed ... after Laurel's first woman mayor, Dani Duniho 
  7. ^ Scarcella, Michael (October 23, 2001). "Laurel Mayor Frank P. Casula, respected politician, dies at 81". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 1, 2013. [Casula] was elected mayor in 1994 and reelected in 1998. 
  8. ^ Glenn, Gwendolyn (October 12, 2011). "Leszcz seeks eighth term on Laurel City Council". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 1, 2013. Leszcz ... served for five months as Laurel's mayor after Mayor Frank Casula died in 2001. 
  9. ^ "Laurel: Candidate Endorsements". Baltimore Sun. October 19, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2013. The current mayor and council members had 14 months added to their four- and two-year terms when Laurel's election day was moved to the first November in odd-numbered years