List of mayors of Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Mayor of the
City of Fort Wayne
Flag of Fort Wayne, Indiana.svg
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Incumbent
Tom Henry

since January 1, 2008
Term length Four years, no limit
Inaugural holder George W. Wood
Formation 1840
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.

List[edit]

George W. Wood, first mayor of Fort Wayne.
William J. Hosey is Fort Wayne's longest serving mayor, elected to four non-consecutive terms.
# Mayor Term start Term end   Party
1 George W. Wood May 1, 1840 July 5, 1841 Whig
2 Joseph Morgan 1841 1843 Whig
3 Henry Lotz 1843 1844 Whig
4 John M. Wallace 1844 1845 Whig
5 Merchant W. Huxford 1846 1849 Democratic
6 William Stewart 1849 1852 Democratic
7 Philip G. Jones 1852 1853 Know Nothing
8 Charles Whitmore 1853 1855 Democratic
9 William Stewart 1855 1857 Democratic
10 Samuel S. Morss 1857 1859 Know Nothing
11 Franklin P. Randall 1859 1865 Democratic
12 James L. Worden 1865 1866 Democratic
13 Benjamin Saunders 1866 1867 Democratic
14 Henry Sharp 1867 1869 Republican
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
25 Jesse Grice 1910 1914 Republican
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[edit]

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[edit]

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)

Notes[edit]

  • a Baals died of a kidney infection during his fourth term as mayor.[1]
  • b Moses resigned from office after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor violations of campaign finance laws.[2]
  • 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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Ogintz, Eileen (July 9, 1985). "Mayor of Ft. Wayne resigns in plea deal, but plans return". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ 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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