List of mayors of Providence, Rhode Island

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The following is a list of mayors of Providence, Rhode Island.

Originally the term for the mayor was one year, from June to June. In 1873, the term was lengthened to January, and then from January to January. In 1913, the term was lengthened to two years, and in January 1967 to four years.

Name Term Party
1 Samuel W. Bridgham June 1832–December 31, 1840 Whig
2 Thomas M. Burgess February 2, 1841–June 1852 Whig
3 Amos C. Barstow June 1852–June 1853 Whig
4 Walter R. Danforth June 1853–June 1854 Democrat
5 Edward P. Knowles June 1854–June 1855 Whig
6 James Y. Smith June 1855–June 1857 Republican
7 William M. Rodman June 1857–June 1859 Republican-American
8 Jabez C. Knight June 1859–June 1864 Republican
9 Thomas A. Doyle June 1864–June 1869 Republican
10 George L. Clarke June 1869–June 1870 Republican
11 Thomas A. Doyle June 1870–June 1881 Republican
12 William S. Hayward January 1881–January 1884 Republican
13 Thomas A. Doyle January 1884–June 9, 1886 Republican
14 Gilbert F. Robbins June 9, 1886–January 1889 Republican
15 Henry R. Barker January 1889–January 1891 Republican
16 Charles S. Smith January 1891–January 1892 Republican
17 William K. Potter January 1892–January 1894 Democrat
18 Frank F. Olney January 1894–January 1896 Republican
19 Edwin D. McGuinness January 1896–January 1898 Democrat
20 William C. Baker January 1898–January 1901 Democrat
21 D.L.D. Granger January 1901–January 1903 Democrat
22 Augustus S. Miller January 1903–September 26, 1905 Democrat
23 Elisha Dyer, Jr. January 1906–November 29, 1906 Republican
24 Patrick J. McCarthy January 1907–January 1909 Democratic
25 Henry Fletcher January 1909–January 1913 Republican
26 Joseph H. Gainer January 1913–January 1927 Democratic
27 James E. Dunne January 1927–January 1939 Democratic
28 John F. Collins January 1939–January 1941 Republican
29 Dennis J. Roberts January 1941–January 1951 Democratic
30 Walter H. Reynolds January 1951–January 1965 Democratic
31 Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. January 1965–January 1975 Democratic
32 Vincent A. Cianci, Jr. January 1975–April 25, 1984 Republican
33 Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. April 25, 1984–January 1991 Democratic
34 Vincent A. Cianci, Jr. January 1991–September 6, 2002 Independent
35 John J. Lombardi September 6, 2002–January 6, 2003 Democratic
36 David Cicilline January 6, 2003–January 3, 2011 Democratic
37 Angel Taveras January 3, 2011–January 5, 2015 Democratic
38 Jorge Elorza January 5, 2015–present Democratic

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