List of mayors of Birmingham

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This is a list of the Mayors and Lord Mayors of Birmingham in the West Midlands of England.

Joseph Chamberlain's great social improvements as Mayor led to Birmingham being described as "the best-governed city in the world"[1]

Birmingham has had a Mayor (and elected council) since 1838. The office was raised to the dignity of Lord Mayor when Queen Victoria issued Letters Patent on 3 June 1896.[2]

By modern convention, the Lord Mayor stands for a year, and is installed into office at the Annual Meeting of the City Council. Lord Mayors are non-political and non-executive during their term of office and act as Chair of the Council. As the First Citizen of Birmingham, the Lord Mayor represents not only the City but also the people of Birmingham. The honour of being Lord Mayor is now usually alternated between the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Groups. In normal circumstances the Lord Mayor becomes Deputy Lord Mayor for the following year.[3]

Mayors of Birmingham[edit]

1838–1895[edit]

No. Mayor Image Tenure Terms Notes
1 William Scholefield 1838 1 Second son of Joshua Scholefield, one of Birmingham's first MPs when the town was enfranchised in 1832.
2 Philip Henry Muntz Philip Henry Muntz, Vanity Fair, 1875-08-07.jpg 1839–1840 2 Councillor, alderman, mayor, justice of the peace and representative of Birmingham in Parliament.
3 Samuel Beale 1841 1 MP for Derby between 1857–65.
4 James James 1842 1
5 Thomas Weston 1843 1
6 Thomas Phillips 1844 1
7 Henry Smith 1845 1
8 Robert Martineau 1846 1
9 Charles Geach 1847 1 Founder of the Birmingham & Midland Bank
10 Samuel Thornton 1848 1
11 William Lucy 1849–1850 2
12 Henry Smith 1851 1
13 Henry Hawkes 1852 1
14 James Baldwin 1853 1
15 John Palmer 1854 1
16 T P T Hodgson 1855 1
17 Sir John Ratcliff 1856–1858 3 Also Town Commissioner, Low Baliff, Town Councillor, Alderman
18 Thomas Lloyd 1859 1
19 Arthur Ryland 1860 1
20 Henry Nanton 1861 1
21 Charles Sturge 1862 1
22 William Holliday 1863 1
23 Henry Wiggin Henry Wiggin Vanity Fair 16 April 1892.jpg 1864 1
24 Edwin Yates 1865 1
25 George Dixon George Dixon MP.jpg 1866 1 Birmingham MP, was a major proponent of education for all children.
26 Thomas Avery 1866–1867 1 Elected on the resignation of Dixon
27 Henry Holland 1868 1
28 Thomas Prime 1869 1
29 G Braithwaite Lloyd 1870 1
30 John Sadler 1871 1
31 Ambrose Biggs 1872 1
32 Joseph Chamberlain Chamberlain2.jpg 1873–1876 3
33 George Baker 1876 1 Elected on the resignation of Chamberlain in June 1876
34 William Kenrick William Kenrick (Birmingham).jpg 1877 1
35 Jesse Collings JesseCollings.jpg 1878 1
36 Richard Chamberlain 1879–1880 2 Brother of Joseph Chamberlain
37 Thomas Avery 1881 1
38 William White 1882 1
39 William Cook 1883 1
40 Sir Thomas Martineau 1884–1886 3
41 Maurice Pollack 1887 1
42 Richard Cadbury Barrow 1888 1
43 Francis Corder Clayton 1889–1890 2
44 Edward Lawley Parker 1891–1892 2
45 George James Johnson 1893 1
46 Thomas Stratton Fallows 1894 1
47 James Smith 1895 2

Lord Mayors of Birmingham[edit]

19th century[edit]

No. Lord Mayor Image Tenure Terms Notes
1 Sir James Smith 1896 2
2 Charles Gabriel Beale 1897–1899 4
3 Samuel Edwards Samuel Edwards.jpg 1900 1

20th century[edit]

No. Lord Mayor Image Tenure Terms Notes
4 John Henry Lloyd 1901 1
5 Sir Hallewell Rogers 1902–1903 2
6 Rowland Hill Berkeley 1904 1 Died 13 April 1905; an ancestor of Nick Mason.
7 Charles Gabriel Beale 1905 4
8 Alfred John Reynolds 1905 1
9 Henry James Sayer 1906–1907 2
10 Sir George Hamilton Kenrick 1908 1
11 William Henry Bowater 1909–1912 4 Knighted in 1916[4]
12 Ernest Martineau 1912–1914 2
13 William Henry Bowater 1914–1915 4 Elected on the resignation of Martineau in September 1914
14 Neville Chamberlain Neville chamberlain1921.jpg 1915–1917 2 Son of Joseph Chamberlain and future Prime Minister
15 Arthur David Brooks 1917–1918 2
16 Sir David Brooks 1918–1919 1
17 William Adlington Cadbury Barrow Cadbury by Thomas Bowman Garvie.jpg 1919–1921 2 Second son of Richard Cadbury
18 Sir David Davis 1921–1923 2
19 Thomas Oswald Williams 1923–1924 1
20 Percival Bower 1924–1926 2
21 Alfred Henry James 1926–1928 2
22 Wilfred Byng Kenrick 1928–1929 1
23 Martin Lewis Lancaster 1929–1930 1
24 Walter Willis Saunders 1930–1931 1
25 John Bedford Burman 1931–1932 1
26 Horace Edward Goodby 1932–1934 2
27 Samuel John Grey 1934–1936 2
28 Harold Roberts 1936–1937 1
29 Ernest Robert Canning 1937–1938 1
30 James Crump 1938–1939 1
31 Theodore Beal Pritchett 1939–1940 1
32 Sir Wilfred Martineau 1940–1941 1
33 Norman Tiptaft 1941–1942 1
34 Walter Samuel Lewis 1942–1943 1
35 Lionel George Helmore Alldridge 1943–1944 1
36 William Theophilus Wiggins-Davies 1944–1945 1
37 Alan Stewart Giles 1945–1946 1
38 Albert Frederick Bradbeer 1946–1947 1
39 John Charles Burman 1947–1949 2
40 Hubert Humphreys 1949–1950 1
41 Alfred Paddon-Smith 1950–1951 1
42 Ralph Cyril Yates 1951–1952 1
43 William Tegfryn Bowen 1952–1953 1
44 George Henry Wilson Griffith 1953–1954 1
45 Joseph Reginald Balmer 1954–1955 1
46 Arthur Lummis Gibson 1955–1956 1
47 Ernest William Apps 1956–1957 1
48 John Joseph Grogan 1957–1958 1
49 Donald Johnstone 1958–1959 1
50 John Henry Lewis 1959–1960 1
51 Garnet Benjamin Boughton 1960–1961 1
52 Eric Edward Mole 1961–1962 1
53 Ernest Walter Horton 1962–1963 1
54 Louis Glass 1963–1964 1
55 Frank Leslie Price 1964–1965 1
56 George Corbyn Barrow 1965–1966 1
57 Harold Edward Tyler 1966–1967 1
58 James Stephen Meadows 1967–1968 1
59 Charles Valentine George Simpson 1968–1969 1
60 Neville Bosworth 1969–1970 1 Leader of Birmingham City Council from 1976 to 1980 and 1982 to 1984
61 Stanley Bleyer 1970–1971 1
62 Victor Ernest Turton 1971–1972 1
63 Frederick Thomas Duncan Hall 1972–1973 1
64 Marjorie Alice Brown 1973–1974 1
65 Eric James Eames J.P. 1974–1975 1
66 Albert Leslie Samuel Jackson J.P. 1975–1976 1
67 Harold Powell 1976–1977 1
68 Freda Mary Cocks, OBE 1977–1978 1
69 Edward Frederick Hanson J.P. 1978–1979 1
70 George Canning, OBE 1979–1980 1
71 Joseph Morris Bailey, J.P. 1980–1981 1
72 Kenneth Benjamin Barton 1981–1982 1
73 Peter Hollingworth 1982–1983 1
74 William John Hele Sowton 1983–1984 1
75 Reginald John Hales J.P. 1984–1985 1
76 Frank William Carter 1985–1986 1
77 Alan Denis Martineau 1986–1987 1
78 Frederick James Grattidge 1987–1988 1
79 Harold Charles Blumenthal 1988–1989 1
80 Frederick John Chapman 1989–1990 1
81 Sir Bernard Philip Zissman [5] 1990–1991 1
82 William Henry Turner 1991–1992 1
83 Peter James Philip Barwell MBE, Hon. CSM Peter Barwell in 1992.JPG 1992–1993 1
84 Paul Tilsley Cllr Paul Tilsley crop.jpg 1993–1994 1
85 Sir Richard Knowles 1994-1995 1 Leader of Birmingham City Council from 1984 to 1993.
86 David Roy 1995–1996 1
87 Marion Arnott-Job 1996–1997 1
88 Sybil Spence 1997–1998 1
89 Susan Anderson 1998–1999 1
90 Ian McArdle 1999–2000 1
91 Theresa Stewart 2000–2001 1

21st century[edit]

No. Lord Mayor Image Tenure Terms Notes
92 Jim Whorwood 2001–2002 1
93 Mahmood Hussain 2002–2003 1
94 John Alden 2003–2004 1
95 Mike Nangle 2004–2005 1
96 John Hood Spirit of the Wild opening, Birmingham - 22 September 2005 - Andy Mabbett - 09 - CROP - John Hood.jpg 2005–2006 1
97 Mike Sharpe 2006–2007 1
98 Randal Brew 2007–2008 1
99 Chauhdry Abdul Rashid 2008–2009 1
100 Michael Wilkes 2009–2010 1
101 Len Gregory 2010–2011 1
102 Anita Ward Lord Mayor of Birmingham - Councillor Anita Ward.jpg 2011–2012 1
103 John Lines Lord Mayor of Birmingham - Councillor John Lines.jpg 2012–2013 1
104 Mike Leddy Mike Leddy.jpg 2013–2014 1
105 Shafique Shah Lord Mayor of Birmingham - Councillor Shafique Shah.jpg 2014–2015 1
106 Ray Hassall Kate Bunce blue plaque unveiling - 2015-09-10 - Andy Mabbett - 02 CROP.jpg 2015–2016 1
107 Carl Rice 2016-2017 1
108 Anne Underwood Gilbert Barling Blue Plaque unveiling - 2018-02-16 - Andy Mabbett - 26 (cropped).jpg 2017-2018 1
109 Yvonne Mosquito Ida B Wells blue plaque unveiling - 2019-02-12 - Andy Mabbett - 31.jpg 2018-2019 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ralph, Julian (June 1890). "The best-governed city in the world". Harper's New Monthly Magazine. pp. 99–110.
  2. ^ "No. 26746". The London Gazette. 4 June 1896. p. 3314.
  3. ^ "Lord Mayor's Parlour". Birmingham City Council. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  4. ^ "No. 29483". The London Gazette. 22 February 1916. pp. 1946–1947.
  5. ^ Zissman, Bernard. "Sir Bernard Zissman". Retrieved 4 May 2011.