List of mayors of Savannah, Georgia
Savannah is a city located in the state of Georgia, United States. It is the largest city in and county seat of Chatham County. Established in 1733, Savannah was the first colonial and state capital of Georgia. It is known as America's first planned city and attracts millions of visitors, who enjoy the city's architecture and historic buildings: the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one of the South's first public museums), the First African Baptist Church (one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations in the United States), Temple Mickve Israel (the third-oldest synagogue in America), and the Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in America). Today, Savannah's downtown area is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States (designated by the U.S. government in 1966).
Mayors of Savannah, Georgia
|#||Name||Party||Sworn In||Left Office||Comments|
|1||John Houstoun||1790||1791||Governor of Georgia in 1778–79 and 1784–85|
|3||Joseph Habersham||1792||1793||Delegate to the Continental Congress in 1785
Planter (who supported the legalization of slavery in Georgia in 1749–50)
|8||David Mitchell||Democratic-Republican||1801||1802||Scottish immigrant
Governor of Georgia in 1809–13 and 1815–17
Georgia State Representative from 1794 to 1798
|12||William Bulloch||Democratic-Republican||1809||1810||U.S. Senator in 1813|
|7||Matthew McAllister||1814||1815||Once was the State Attorney General of Georgia|
|16||James Wayne||Democratic-Republican||1817||1818||U.S. Representative in 1829–35
|19||Joseph W. Jackson||Democrat||1826||1827||U.S. Representative in 1850–53|
|19||Joseph W. Jackson||Democrat||1827||1828|
|20||William Thorne Williams||1828||1829|
|20||William Thorne Williams||1829||1830|
|22||George Owens||Democrat||1832||1833||U.S. Representative in 1835–39
Owner of the Owens-Thomas House in 1830–56
|20||William Thorne Williams||1833||1833|
|20||William Thorne Williams||1833||1834|
|23||William Gordon||1834||1835||Georgia State Representative in 1835
Georgia State Senator in 1838
|26||Matthew Hall McAllister||1837||1838|
|26||Matthew Hall McAllister||1838||1839|
|27||Robert Charlton||Democrat||1839||1839||U.S. Senator in 1852–53|
|20||William Thorne Williams||1841||1842|
|28||Dr. Richard Arnold||1842||1843||Councilmember from 1831 to 1833 and from 1852 to 1853|
|20||William Thorne Williams||1843||1844|
|29||Dr. Richard Wayne||Democrat||1844||1845||First elected mayor|
|30||Henry Burroughs||Whig||1845||1846||Councilmember from 1841 to 1842|
|29||Dr. Richard Wayne||Democrat||1848||1849|
|29||Dr. Richard Wayne||Democrat||1849||1850|
|29||Dr. Richard Wayne||Democrat||1850||1851|
|28||Dr. Richard Arnold||Union Party (Whig)||1851||1852|
|29||Dr. Richard Wayne||Democrat||1852||1853|
|31||John Elliott Ward||Democrat||1853||1854|
|32||Edward Anderson||American||1854||1855||Banker, planter, factor and commission merchant
Councilmember from 1870 to 1871
|33||James Proctor Screven||Democrat||1856||1857||Alderman of Savannah (elected in 1849)
Georgia State Senator in 1855
|29||Dr. Richard Wayne||Democrat||1857||1858|
|34||Thomas Turner||Democrat||1858||1858||Councilmember from 1846 to 1847, 1848 to 1852,
1857 to 1858 and 1862 to 1863
|28||Dr. Richard Arnold||Opposition (American)||1859||1860|
|35||Charles Jones||Democrat||1860||1861||Councilmember from 1859 to 1860|
|36||Thomas Purse||Democrat||1861||1862||Councilmember from 1832 to 1837, 1848 to 1851 and 1856 to 1857|
|37||Thomas Holcombe||Democrat||1862||1863||Councilmember from 1841 to 1842, 1852 to 1853 and 1858 to 1859|
|28||Dr. Richard Arnold||Democrat||1863||1864|
|28||Dr. Richard Arnold||Democrat||1864||1865|
|32||Edward Anderson||Democrat||1865||1866||Banker, planter, factor and commission merchant|
|40||Rufus Lester||Democrat||1883||1885||U.S. Representative from 1889 to 1906|
|41||John Schwarz||Democrat||1889||1891||Councilmember from 1869 to 1873, 1877 to 1883,
1887 to 1889 and 1899 to 1901
|42||John McDonough||Democrat||1891||1893||Irish-American mayor|
|43||Herman Myers||Democrat||1895||1897||1st Jewish mayor
German-born from Bavaria
Councilmember from 1885 to 1895
|44||Peter Meldrim||Democrat||1897||1899||Irish-American mayor
Superior Court Judge from 1917 to 1933
President of the American Bar Association in 1915
Owner of the Green-Meldrim House by 1892
|45||George Tiedeman||Democrat||1907||1909||Councilmember from 1895 to 1897 and from 1899 to 1907|
|52||Gordon Saussy||Democrat||1929||1931||Once a Member of the Georgia General Assembly
Ordinary of Chatham County, Georgia from 1931 until his death in 1952
|53||Thomas Gamble||Democrat||1933||1935||Mayor of Tybee Beach, prior to 1933|
|55||Peter Roe Nugent||Democrat||1945||1947||Son of an Australian immigrant
Councilmember from 1937 to 1945
|56||John Groover Kennedy||Democrat||1947||1949||Irish-American mayor
|58||Lee Mingledorff, Jr.||Democrat||1955||1957|
|58||Lee Mingledorff, Jr.||Democrat||1957||1958|
|58||Lee Mingledorff, Jr.||Democrat||1958||1960|
|59||Malcolm Maclean||Democrat||1960||1962||Scottish-American mayor
Councilmember from 1957 to 1960
|60||Julius Curtis Lewis, Jr.||Republican||1966||1970|
|61||John Rousakis||Democrat||1970||1974||1st Greek-American mayor|
|62||Susan Weiner||Republican||1992||1996||1st woman to serve as Mayor of Savannah
Born in Albany, New York
|63||Floyd Adams, Jr.||Democrat||1996||2000||1st African-American mayor
1st Catholic mayor
Councilmember from 1982 to 1996
|63||Floyd Adams, Jr.||Democrat||2000||2004|
|64||Otis Johnson||Democrat||2004||2008||2nd African-American mayor
Councilmember from 1982 to 1988
|65||Edna Jackson||Democrat||2012||1st Female African-American mayor|
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- Savannah Morning News
- "Savannah". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Georgia Humanities Council and the University of Georgia Press. September 11, 2006. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
- "Savannah Information". Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
- About North Georgia, Antebellum Georgia – 1838 to 1860
- Davies resigned in 1807.
- Harris served the remainder of Davies' term, which expired in 1808.
- Mendenhall resigned in 1811.
- Bulloch served the remainder of Mendenhall's term, which expired in 1812.
- Matthew McAllister resigned in 1815.
- Charlton served the remainder of Matthew McAllister's term, which expired in 1815.
- Wayne resigned in 1819.
- Charlton served the remainder of James Wayne's term, which expired in 1819.
- Charlton resigned in 1821.
- Morrison served the remainder of Thomas Charlton's term, which expired in 1821.
- Owens resigned in 1833.
- Telfair Museum of Arts, Owens-Thomas House
- Williams served the remainder of Owens' term, which expired in 1833.
- Gordon resigned in 1836.
- Cuyler served the remainder of Owens' term, which expired in 1836.
- Matthew Hall McAllister resigned in 1839.
- Charlton served the remainder of Matthew Hall McAllister's term, which expired in 1839
- In 1844, Wayne became the first mayor of Savannah who was elected directly by the citizens. Prior to his election, mayors were appointed by the city aldermen.
- Inventory of the George Wayne Anderson Papers, 1758–1896, Collection Number 1498, Manuscripts Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Arnold and Screven Family Papers, Collection Number 3419, Manuscripts Department of The Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Dr. Wayne died in office in 1858.
- Turner was appointed by the Council to serve the remainder of Wayne's term, which expired in 1858.
- On December 21, 1864, Mayor Richard Arnold surrendered the city to Major General William Tecumseh Sherman and Brevet Brigadier General Lester Sebastian Willson.
- Jews of Savannah, B. H. Levy and Rabbi Arnold Mark Belzer, Jewish Virtual Library
- The Jewish Community of Savannah, Savannah Jewish Archives
- Herman Myers (1847–1909), City of Savannah – Research Library
- Davant died in office in October 1915.
- Pierpont was appointed by the Council to serve the remainder of Davant's term, which expired in 1917.
- Hull died in office in August 1927.
- Hoynes was appointed by the Council to serve the remainder of Hull's term, which expired in 1929.
- Saussy resigned in May 1931.
- Hoyne was appointed by the Council to serve the remainder of Saussy's term, which expired in 1933.
- Gamble died in office in July 1945.
- Nugent was appointed by the Council to serve the remainder of Gamble's term, which expired in 1947.
- Mingledorff resigned in 1960.
- Maclean served the remainder of Mingledorff's term, which expired in 1962.
- The History of St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, Savannah, Georgia
- The Georgia General Assembly extended Rousakis' fifth term by one year; it started in October 1986 and ended in January 1992.
- Pastoral Musings...,St. Peter's in the Loop, St. Peter's Church, May 20, 2007