List of mayors of Fort Wayne, Indiana
|Mayor of the|
City of Fort Wayne
|Term length||Four years, no limit|
|Inaugural holder||George W. Wood|
|Website||Office of the Mayor|
This is a list of mayors of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Elected as chief executive of the city, he or she is charged with overseeing the operation of all local government departments. Mayoral terms are four years, with no limit on the number of terms an individual may be elected to.
|#||Mayor||Term start||Term end|
|1||George W. Wood||May 1, 1840||July 5, 1841||Whig|
|4||John M. Wallace||1844||1845||Whig|
|5||Merchant W. Huxford||1846||1849||Democratic|
|7||Philip G. Jones||1852||1853||Know Nothing|
|10||Samuel S. Morss||1857||1859||Know Nothing|
|11||Franklin P. Randall||1859||1865||Democratic|
|12||James L. Worden||1865||1866||Democratic|
|15||Franklin P. Randall||1869||1873||Democratic|
|16||Charles A. Zollinger||1873||1885||Democratic|
|17||Charles F. Muhler||1885||1889||Republican|
|18||Daniel L. Harding||1889||1893||Republican|
|19||Charles Zollinger||1885||December 28, 1893||Democratic|
|20||Henry P. Scherer||1894||1894||Republican|
|21||Chauncey B. Oakley||1894||1896||Republican|
|22||Henry P. Scherer||1896||1901||Democratic|
|23||Henry C. Berghoff||1901||1906||Democratic|
|24||William J. Hosey||1906||1910||Democratic|
|26||William J. Hosey||1914||1918||Democratic|
|27||W. Sherman Cutshall||1918||1922||Republican|
|28||William J. Hosey||1922||1926||Democratic|
|29||William C. Geake||1926||1930||Republican|
|30||William J. Hosey||1930||1934||Democratic|
|31||Harry W. Baals||1934||1948||Republican|
|32||Henry E. Branning, Jr.||1948||1952||Democratic|
|33||Harry W. Baals[a]||1952||May 9, 1954||Republican|
|34||Robert Meyers||1954||December 31, 1959||Republican|
|35||Paul Mike Burns||January 1, 1960||December 31, 1963||Democratic|
|36||Harold S. Zeis||January 1, 1964||December 31, 1971||Republican|
|37||Ivan A. Lebamoff||January 1, 1972||December 31, 1975||Democratic|
|38||Robert E. Armstrong||January 1, 1976||December 31, 1979||Republican|
|39||Winfield Moses[b]||January 1, 1980||July 8, 1985||Democratic|
|40||Cosette Simon[c]||July 8, 1985||July 19, 1985||Democratic|
|41||Winfield Moses[d]||July 20, 1985||December 31, 1987||Democratic|
|42||Paul Helmke||January 1, 1988||December 31, 1999||Republican|
|43||Graham Richard||January 1, 2000||December 31, 2007||Democratic|
|44||Tom Henry||January 1, 2008||incumbent||Democratic|
Other offices held
The following is a list of elected offices held by mayors, before or after their term(s).
|Mayor||Mayoral term||Other offices held||References|
|Paul Mike Burns||1960–1964||Fort Wayne City Councilman (1948–1952, 1972–1992)|
|Robert E. Armstrong||1976–1980||Allen County Councilman (1990–2002)|
|Winfield Moses||1980–1985, 1985–1987||Fort Wayne City Councilman (1972–1979)
Indiana State Representative (1992–2012)
|Graham Richard||2000–2007||Indiana State Senator (1974–1978)|
|Tom Henry||2008–present||Fort Wayne City Councilman (1984–2004)|
Living former mayors
As of April 2015, four former mayors are alive, the oldest being Winfield Moses (1980–1985, 1985–1987; born 1943). The most recent mayor to die is Paul Mike Burns (1960–1964; born 1917), on January 7, 2011.
|Mayor||Mayoral term||Date of birth|
|Winfield Moses||1980–1985, 1985–1987||February 20, 1943 (age 75)|
|Cosette Simon||1985||June 18, 1953 (age 65)|
|Paul Helmke||1988–1999||November 24, 1948 (age 69)|
|Graham Richard||2000–2007||September 8, 1944 (age 73)|
- a Baals died of a kidney infection during his fourth term as mayor.
- b Moses resigned from office after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor violations of campaign finance laws.
- c City Controller Cosette Simon was appointed acting mayor for eleven days following Moses' resignation. She was Fort Wayne's first female mayor.
- d With 86 of 99 Allen County Democratic precinct committee members voting in a special caucus for his reinstatement, Moses was elected to complete his second term as mayor.
- Leininger, Kevin (February 12, 2011). "Jokes aside, Harry Baals worth honoring". The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. Archived from the original on April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- Ogintz, Eileen (July 9, 1985). "Mayor of Ft. Wayne resigns in plea deal, but plans return". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- Shipp, E. R. (July 20, 1985). "Fort Wayne mayor is out, then in". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
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