List of mayors of Cleveland

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Mayor of Cleveland
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Incumbent
Frank G. Jackson

since January 2, 2006
Style The Honorable
Term length 4 years, no term limits
Inaugural holder John W. Willey
Formation 1836
Salary $57,611[1]
Website Office of the Mayor

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]

# Mayor Term start Term end Terms   Party
1 John W. Willey March 6, 1836 December 31, 1837 2 Democratic
2 Joshua Mills January 1, 1838 December 31, 1839 2 Whig
3 Nicholas Dockstader January 1, 1840 December 31, 1840 1 Whig
4 John W. Allen January 1, 1841 December 31, 1841 1 Whig
5 Joshua Mills January 1, 1842 December 31, 1842 1 Whig
6 Nelson Hayward January 1, 1843 December 31, 1843 1 Democratic
7 Samuel Starkweather January 1, 1844 December 31, 1845 2 Democratic
8 George Hoadley January 1, 1846 December 31, 1846 1 None
9 Josiah A. Harris January 1, 1847 December 31, 1847 1 Whig
10 Lorenzo A. Kelsey January 1, 1848 December 31, 1848 1 Democratic
11 Flavel W. Bingham January 1, 1849 December 31, 1849 1 Whig
12 William Case January 1, 1850 December 31, 1851 2 Whig
13 Abner C. Brownell January 1, 1852 December 31, 1854 3 Democratic
14 William B. Castle January 1, 1855 December 31, 1856 2 Republican
15 Samuel Starkweather January 1, 1857 December 31, 1858 2 Democratic
16 George B. Senter January 1, 1859 December 31, 1860 2 Republican
17 Edward S. Flint January 1, 1861 December 31, 1862 2 Democratic
18 Irvine U. Masters January 1, 1863 May 1864 2 Republican
19 George B. Senter May 1864 December 31, 1864 12 Republican
20 Herman M. Chapin January 1, 1865 December 31, 1866 1 None
21 Stephen Buhrer January 1, 1867 December 31, 1870 1 Democratic
22 Frederick W. Pelton January 1, 1871 December 31, 1872 1 Republican
23 Charles A. Otis January 1, 1873 December 31, 1874 1 Democratic
24 Nathan P. Payne January 1, 1875 December 31, 1876 1 Democratic
25 William G. Rose January 1, 1877 December 31, 1878 1 Republican
26 Rensselaer R. Herrick January 1, 1879 December 31, 1882 2 Republican
27 John H. Farley January 1, 1883 December 31, 1884 1 Democratic
28 George W. Gardner January 1, 1885 December 31, 1886 1 Republican
29 Brenton D. Babcock January 1, 1887 December 31, 1888 1 Democratic
30 George W. Gardner January 1, 1889 December 31, 1890 1 Republican
31 William G. Rose January 1, 1891 December 31, 1892 1 Republican
32 Robert Blee January 1, 1893 December 31, 1894 1 Democratic
33 Robert E. McKisson January 1, 1895 December 31, 1898 2 Republican
34 John H. Farley January 1, 1899 December 31, 1900 1 Democratic
35 Tom L. Johnson January 1, 1901 December 31, 1909 5 Democratic
36 Herman C. Baehr January 1, 1910 December 31, 1911 1 Republican
37 Newton D. Baker January 1, 1912 December 31, 1915 2 Democratic
38 Harry L. Davis January 1, 1916 December 31, 1919 2 Republican
39 William S. Fitzgerald January 1, 1920 December 31, 1921 1 Republican
40 Frederick Kohler January 1, 1922 December 31, 1923 1 Republican
41 William R. Hopkins January 1, 1924 December 31, 1929 3 Republican
42 Daniel E. Morgan January 1, 1930 December 31, 1931 1 Republican
43 Raymond T. Miller January 1, 1932 December 31, 1933 1 Democratic
44 Harry L. Davis January 1, 1934 December 31, 1935 1 Republican
45 Harold H. Burton January 1, 1936 January 2, 1941 2 12 Republican
46 Edward J. Blythin January 3, 1941 December 31, 1941 12 Republican
47 Frank Lausche January 1, 1942 December 31, 1945 2 Democratic
48 Thomas A. Burke January 1, 1946 December 31, 1953 4 Democratic
49 Anthony J. Celebrezze January 1, 1954 December 31, 1961 4 Democratic
50 Ralph S. Locher January 1, 1962 December 31, 1967 3 Democratic
51 Carl Stokes January 1, 1968 December 31, 1971 2 Democratic
52 Ralph Perk January 2, 1972 December 31, 1977 3 Republican
53 Dennis Kucinich January 1, 1978 December 31, 1979 1 Democratic
54 George Voinovich January 1, 1980 December 31, 1989 3 Republican
55 Michael R. White January 1, 1990 December 31, 2001 3 Democratic
56 Jane L. Campbell January 1, 2002 December 31, 2005 1 Democratic
57 Frank G. Jackson January 2, 2006 Incumbent 2 12 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]

  1. ^ [1]
  • 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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