List of mayors of Cleveland

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The Mayor of Cleveland is the chief executive of the city's government. In 1924, the mayor-council (strong mayor) form of government was replaced by a city manager plan. This was reversed in 1931. Cleveland elections were partisan, but were made nonpartisan in 1977 under the mayoral administration of Ralph J. Perk. The term of office for the mayor and members of the Cleveland City Council was traditionally two years, but was extended to four years in 1981.

Cleveland has had a total of 57 mayoral administrations, including that of the city's current mayor, Frank G. Jackson. Seven of these were nonconsecutive served terms by earlier mayors. Cleveland's official website lists 53 mayors; it does not count the second nonconsecutive terms of Joshua Mills, George B. Senter, and John H. Farley, and does not list Mayor Jackson. During the 2005 mayoral election, most media sources including The Plain Dealer and the city's major local news networks (WKYC, WEWS, WJW, and WOIO) all mistakenly referred to Jackson as Cleveland's 56th mayor.[original research?]




Mayors[edit]

Portrait Mayor Term of Office Party
1 Johnwwilley.jpg John W. Willey 1836 –
1837
Democratic
2 No image.svg Joshua Mills 1838 –
1839
Whig
3 Nicholas Dockstader.png Nicholas Dockstader 1840 Whig
4 John W Allen.jpg John W. Allen 1841 Whig
5 No image.svg Joshua Mills 1842 Whig
6 Nelson Hayward.jpg Nelson Hayward 1843 Democratic
7 Samuel Starkweather.png Samuel Starkweather 1844 –
1845
Democratic
8 George Hoadley (Ohio politician).png George Hoadley 1846 Independent
9 No image.svg Josiah A. Harris 1847 Whig
10 Lorenzo A. Kelsey.png Lorenzo A. Kelsey 1848 Democratic
11 No image.svg Flavel W. Bingham 1849 Republican
12 William-case.jpg William Case 1850 –
1851
Republican
13 No image.svg Abner C. Brownell 1852 –
1854
Democratic
14 William B. Castle 002.png William B. Castle 1855 –
1856
Whig
15 Samuel Starkweather.png Samuel Starkweather 1857 –
1858
Democratic
16 No image.svg George B. Senter 1859 –
1860
Republican
17 No image.svg Edward S. Flint 1861 –
1862
Democratic
18 No image.svg Irvine U. Masters 1863 –
1864
Republican
19 No image.svg George B. Senter 1864 Republican
20 No image.svg Herman M. Chapin 1865 –
1867
Independent
21 Stephen Buhrer 001.png Stephen Buhrer 1867 –
1870
Democratic
22 Frederick W. Pelton 002.png Fredrick W. Pelton 1871 –
1872
Republican
23 No image.svg Charles A. Otis, Sr. 1873 –
1874
Democratic
24 Nathan P. Payne (1875).png Nathan P. Payne 1875 –
1876
Democratic
25 William G. Rose 001.png William G. Rose 1877 –
1878
Republican
26 No image.svg Rensselaer R. Herrick 1879 –
1882
Republican
27 John-farley.jpg John H. Farley 1883 –
1884
Democratic
28 No image.svg George W. Gardner 1885 –
1886
Republican
29 No image.svg Brenton D. Babcock 1887 –
1888
Democratic
30 No image.svg George W. Gardner 1889 –
1890
Republican
31 William G. Rose 001.png William G. Rose 1891 –
1892
Republican
32 Robert Blee.JPG Robert Blee 1893 –
1894
Democratic
33 Mckisson-cropped.jpeg Robert E. McKisson 1895 –
1898
Republican
34 John-farley.jpg John H. Farley 1899 –
1900
Democratic
35 Tljohnson.jpg Tom L. Johnson 1901 –
1909
Democratic
36 Baehr.jpg Herman C. Baehr 1910 –
1911
Republican
37 Newton Baker, Bain bw photo portrait.jpg Newton D. Baker 1912 –
1915
Democratic
38 HarryLDavis.jpg Harry L. Davis 1916 –
1919
Republican
39 No image.svg William S. Fitzgerald 1920 –
1921
Republican
40 Fred-kohler.jpg Frederick Kohler 1922 –
1923
Republican
41 William R. Hopkins (City Manager) 1924 –
1929
Republican
42 No image.svg Daniel E. Morgan (City Manager) 1930 –
1931
Republican
43 No image.svg Raymond T. Miller 1932 –
1933
Democratic
44 HarryLDavis.jpg Harry L. Davis 1934 –
1935
Republican
45 Harold Burton.jpg Harold Hitz Burton 1936 –
1940
Republican
46 No image.svg Edward J. Blythin 1941 Republican
47 L000122.jpg Frank Lausche 1942 –
1945
Democratic
48 ThomasBurke.jpg Thomas A. Burke 1946 –
1953
Democratic
49 Celebrez.jpg Anthony J. Celebrezze 1954 –
1961
Democratic
50 Ralph S. Locher 1962 –
1967
Democratic
51 Carl Stokes 1968 –
1971
Democratic
52 Ralph Perk 1972 –
1977
Republican
53 Denniskucinich.jpg Dennis Kucinich 1978 –
1979
Democratic
54 George Voinovich.jpg George Voinovich 1980 –
1989
Republican
55 No image.svg Michael R. White 1990 –
2001
Democratic
56 Jcampbell.jpg Jane L. Campbell 2002 –
2005
Democratic
57 Frank G Jackson with Navy.jpg Frank G. Jackson 2006 –
Present
Democratic

Mayors of Ohio City[edit]

Prior to its annexation, Ohio City was a separate entity and fierce rival of Cleveland. The city had eleven mayors from 1836 to 1854. The political affiliations of these mayors are currently unknown, although William B. Castle became mayor of Cleveland as a Whig after Ohio City's incorporation.

Josiah Barber                               1836
Francis A. Burrows 1837
Norman C. Baldwin 1838–1839
Needham M. Standart 1840–1841
Francis A. Burrows (second) 1842
Richard Lord 1843
Daniel H. Lamb 1844–1846
David Griffith 1847
John Beverlin 1848
Thomas Burnham 1849–1850
Benjamin Sheldon 1851–1852
William B. Castle 1853–1854

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • The Encyclopedia Of Cleveland History by Cleveland Bicentennial Commission (Cleveland, Ohio), David D. Van Tassel (Editor), and John J. Grabowski (Editor) ISBN 0-253-33056-4
  • Cleveland: A Concise History, 1796–1996 by Carol Poh Miller and Robert Anthony Wheeler ISBN 0-253-21147-6
  • Seven Making History: A Mayoral Retrospective by The League of Women Voters of Cleveland

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