List of mayors of Portland, Oregon

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Gallery of the mayors of Portland

This is a list of mayors of the city of Portland, Oregon. Under Portland's system of government, members of the City Council (known as Commissioners) have many duties that are generally the domain of a mayor.

The current term for mayor of Portland is four years. Mayoral elections are held in May of US presidential election years (years divisible by four), during the Oregon primary election, with a runoff between the top two vote-getters held in November of the same year should no candidate garner a majority vote in the May election. The mayor-elect takes office the following January.

List[edit]

# Image Name
(Birth–Death)
Term start and end
1 Hugh O'Bryant.png Hugh O'Bryant
(1813–1883)
1851–1852[1][2]
2 A. C. Bonnell.png A. C. Bonnell
(1801–1875)
April 1852 – November 1852
3 No image.svg Simon B. Marye
(c. 1810–1868)
November 1852 – April 1853
4 Josiah Failing 1903.JPG Josiah Failing
(1806–1877)
1853–1854
5 William S. Ladd - Oregon.png William S. Ladd
(1826–1893)
1854–1855
6 No image.svg George W. Vaughn
(1809–1877)
1855–1856
7 No image.svg James O'Neill
(1824–1913)
1856–1857
8 William S. Ladd - Oregon.png William S. Ladd
(1826–1893)
1857–1858
9 No image.svg A. M. Starr
(c. 1820–1891)
1858–1859
10 No image.svg S. J. McCormick
(1828–1891)
1859–1860
11 Mayor George Collier Robbins.png G. Collier Robbins
(1823–19??)
1860–1861
12 Mayor John Breck.png John M. Breck
(1828–1900)
1861–1862
13 No image.svg William H. Farrar
(1826–1873)
1862–1863
14 David Logan (Oregon).png David Logan
(1824–1874)
1863–1864
15 Henry Failing - Oregon.png Henry Failing
(1834–1898)
1864 – November 16, 1866[3]
16 No image.svg Thomas J. Holmes
(1819–1867)
1866–1867
17 JAChapman.png J. A. Chapman
(1821–1885)
1867–1868
18 No image.svg Hamilton Boyd
1868–1869
19 Goldsmith-Bernard.jpg Bernard Goldsmith
(1832–1901)
1869–1871
20 No image.svg Philip Wasserman
(1828–1895)
1871–1873
21 Henry Failing - Oregon.png Henry Failing
(1834–1898)
1873–1875
22 JAChapman.png J. A. Chapman
(1821–1885)
1875–1877
23 William Spencer Newbury.png William Spencer Newbury
(1834–1915)
1877–1879
24 Davidpthompson.jpg David P. Thompson
(1834–1901)
1879–1882
25 JAChapman.png J. A. Chapman
(1821–1885)
1882–1885
26 Mayor John Gates.png John Gates
(1827–1888)
1885 – April 27, 1888
(died in office)[4]
27 Van DeLashmutt.png Van B. DeLashmutt
(1842–1921)
May 2, 1888[5] – 1891
28 William S. Mason.png William S. Mason
(1832–1899)
1891–1894
29 No image.svg George P. Frank
(1852–1896)
1894–1896
30 SylvesterPennoyer.png Sylvester Pennoyer
(1831–1902)
1896–1898
31 William S. Mason.png William S. Mason
(1832–1899)
July 1, 1898[6] – March 27, 1899
(died in office)[7]
32 William A. Storey.png W. A. Storey
(1854–1917)
May 17, 1899[8] –1900
33 Henry Spoor Rowe.jpg Henry S. Rowe
(1851–1914)
1900–1902
34 George Henry Williams - Brady-Handy - Restored & Cropped.jpg George Henry Williams
(1823–1910)
1902–1905
35 Lane-Harry.jpg Harry Lane
(1855–1917)
1905–1909
36 Joseph Simon of Oregon.jpg Joseph Simon
(1851–1935)
1909–1911
37 Allen G. Rushlight.jpg Allen G. Rushlight
(1874–1930)
1911–1913
38 H. Russell Albee April 1905.jpeg H. Russell Albee
(1867–1950)
June 1913 – July 1917[9]
39 George L. Baker.jpg George L. Baker
(1868–1941)
July 1917 – July 1933[9]
40 Joseph K. Carson.jpg Joseph K. Carson
(1891–1956)
July 1933 – December 1940[9]
41 No image.svg Earl Riley
(1890–1965)
January 1941 – December 1948[9]
42 No image.svg Dorothy McCullough Lee
(1901–1981)
January 1949 – December 1952[9]
43 No image.svg Fred L. Peterson
(1896–1985)
January 1953 – December 1956
44 Portrait from Terry Schrunk Plaza.jpg Terry Schrunk
(1913–1975)
January 1957 – December 1972[9]
45 Neil Goldschmidt.jpg Neil Goldschmidt
(born 1940)
January 1973 – August 15, 1979[9][10]
46 No image.svg Connie McCready
(1921–2000)
September 5, 1979[9][11] – November 23, 1980[9]
47 Frank Ivancie.png Frank Ivancie
(born 1924)
November 24, 1980[9][12] – January 2, 1985[13]
48 Bud Clark 1988.jpg Bud Clark
(born 1931)
January 1985 – December 1992[9]
49 Vera Katz.jpg Vera Katz
(born 1933)
January 1993 – December 2004[9]
50 Mayor Tom Potter in August 2008.jpg Tom Potter
(born 1940)
January 2005 – December 31, 2008[9]
51 Sam Adams Portland.jpg Sam Adams
(born 1963)
January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2012[9]
52 Charlie Hales in 2011.jpg Charlie Hales
(born 1956)
January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2016
53 Ted Wheeler portrait.jpg Ted Wheeler
(born 1962)
January 1, 2017 – present

Note: The color shown in the number (#) column denotes political party (red for Republican, blue for Democratic, teal for the People's Party (or Populist), gray for Independent, and none for unknown), but it must be noted that Mayor of Portland is a nonpartisan office.

The City of Portland mayor's office, in the City Hall, contains a collection of mounted portraits of all the mayors to date. As of November 2014 only two mayors are missing from the collection; William H. Farrar (1862–1863), and Hamilton Boyd (1868–1869).

Living former mayors[edit]

Mayor Term Date of birth
Neil Goldschmidt 1973–1979 (1940-06-16) June 16, 1940 (age 76)
Frank Ivancie 1980–1985 (1924-07-19) July 19, 1924 (age 92)
Bud Clark 1985–1992 (1931-12-19) December 19, 1931 (age 85)
Vera Katz 1993–2005 (1933-08-03) August 3, 1933 (age 83)
Tom Potter 2005–2009 (1940-09-12) September 12, 1940 (age 76)
Sam Adams 2009–2013 (1963-12-03) December 3, 1963 (age 53)
Charlie Hales 2013–2017 (1956-01-22) January 22, 1956 (age 61)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lansing, Jewel. (2003). Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851–2001, p. 26–49.
  2. ^ Office of Auditor Mary Hull Caballero. "Mayors of Portland, Oregon". Portland Auditor's Office. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Chet Orloff. "List of mayors of Portland, Oregon". The Oregon Encyclopedia. 
  4. ^ "Death of Mayor Gates". The Morning Oregonian. April 28, 1888. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "Mayor Van B. De Lashmutt; The Council Chooses a Head to the City Government". The Morning Oregonian. May 3, 1888. p. 8. 
  6. ^ "Mason at the Helm". The Morning Oregonian, July 2, 1898, p. 8.
  7. ^ "William A. Storey Dies; Life in Portland For Many Years Was Prominent". The Morning Oregonian. July 31, 1917. p. 11. 
  8. ^ "Took Oath of Office: Auditor Gambell Declined, So Storey Went Before a Notary". The Morning Oregonian. May 18, 1899. p. 12. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "City Elected Officials Since 1913". Office of Auditor Mary Hull Caballero. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ Jennings, Steve (August 23, 1979). "Schwab says Portland needs 'budgetary diet'". The Oregonian. p. C1. 
  11. ^ Jenning, Steve (September 6, 1979). "Mayor McCready takes office". The Oregonian. p. 1. 
  12. ^ Williams, Linda (November 25, 1980). "Beaming Ivancie sworn in as Portland mayor". The Oregonian. p. 1. 
  13. ^ Painter Jr., John (January 3, 1985). "Mayor Clark takes oath; new era begins". The Oregonian. p. 1. 

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