List of mayors of New Haven, Connecticut
Before 1826, the city's mayors did not have a fixed term of office; once elected, they held office indefinitely, at the pleasure of the Connecticut General Assembly. Beginning in 1826 the mayor and members of the Common Council were elected an annual town meeting and held office until the following year's town meeting. Since the 1870s, New Haven's mayors have been elected to two-year terms.
As of January 2015, the Mayor of New Haven earns an annual salary of $131,000.
|1784–1793||Roger Sherman||Federalist||1721–1793||Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Later became a U.S. Senator.|
|1793–1803||Samuel Bishop||Democrat-Republican||Also probate judge|
|1803–1822||Elizur Goodrich||Federalist||1761–1849||Professor of law. Also served as a U.S. Congressman. New Haven's longest-serving mayor (19 years).|
|1822–1826||George Hoadley||Democrat-Republican/Jacksonian Democrat||1781–1857||Bank president. Later became Mayor of Cleveland (1846–1847).|
|1826–1827||Simeon Baldwin||Federalist||1761–1851||Judge. Was previously a U.S. Congressman.|
|1827–1828||William Bristol||Democrat-Republican||1779–1836||Also State Senator|
|1828–1830||David Daggett||Federalist||1764–1851||Also U.S. Senator; CT House Speaker; Chief Justice of the CT Supreme Court|
|1830–1831||Ralph Ingersoll||Democrat||Also U.S. Congressman|
|1831–1832||Dennis Kimberly||Democrat||1790–1862||Lawyer. Also major general and member of Connecticut General Assembly. Was elected mayor again in 1833, but declined the office. Was chosen U.S. Senator in 1838.|
|1834–1839||Henry Collins Flagg||Whig||Lawyer, editor|
|1839–1842||S. J. Hitchcock||Whig||Lawyer, law teacher|
|1842–1846||Philip S. Galpin||Whig||Businessman (carpet manufacturing and insurance)|
|1846–1850||Henry E. Peck||Whig||1795–1867||
Newspaper printer and publisher.
|1850–1854||A. N. Skinner||Whig||Classical boarding school headmaster|
|1851||Ralph I. Ingersoll||1789–1872|||
|1854–1855||Chauncey Jerome||Whig||Clock manufacturer|
|1856–1860||Philip S. Galpin||Whig||Secretary of Mutual Security Insurance Company|
|1860–1863||Harmanus M. Welch||Democrat||1813–1889||Businessman who was founder and president of the New Haven Rolling Mill and president of the First National Bank.|
|1865-1866||Erastus C. Scranton|||
|1866–1869||Lucien Wells Sperry||1820−1890||Carpenter and merchant; committed suicide after embezzling trust funds; died $50,000 in debt.|
|1870-1877||Henry G. Lewis|||
|1877-1879||William R. Shelton|||
|1879-1881||Hobart B. Bigelow||1834–1891||Businessman, founder of the Bigelow Manufacturing Co.|
|1881-1883||John B. Robertson|||
|1883-1885||Henry G. Lewis|||
|1885-1887||George F. Holcomb|||
|1887–1888||Samuel A. York|
|1889–1890||Henry F. Peck|
|1891–1894||Joseph B. Sargent||Democrat||1822–1907||Served three terms. Founder of Sargent & Co.|
|1895–1896||Albert C. Hendrick|
|1897–1899||Frederick B. Farnsworth||1851-1930||Interred in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven|
|1899–1901||Cornelius T. Driscoll||About 1845–1931|
|1905||John Payne Studley||Republican||1846–1931||Interred in Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, CT|
|1910–1917||Frank J. Rice||Republican||1869–1917||Elected to four terms. Died in office.|
|1918–1922||David E. FitzGerald|
|1928||John B. Tower|
|1929–1931||Thomas A. Tully|
|1932–1935||John W. Murphy||Democrat||Labor leader|
|1940–1941||John W. Murphy||Democrat|
|1945–1953||William C. Celentano||Republican||1904-1972||Served eight years. First Italian-American mayor of New Haven, funeral director.|
|1954–1970||Richard C. Lee||Democrat||1916–2003||Served eight terms. Was New Haven's youngest mayor.|
|1970–1975||Bartholomew F. Guida||Democrat||1914–1978|
|1976–1979||Frank Logue||Democrat||1924–2010||Served two two-year terms as the city’s chief executive. He won the office in the 1975 election, defeating incumbent Democratic Mayor Bart Guida in a party primary.|
|1980–1989||Biagio DiLieto||Democrat||1922–1999||Served five terms. Former police chief.|
|1990–1993||John C. Daniels||Democrat||1936–2015||First black mayor of New Haven.|
|1994–2013||John DeStefano, Jr.||Democrat||born 1955||New Haven's longest serving mayor.|
|2014–present||Toni Harp||Democrat||born 1949||First woman elected mayor of New Haven.|
- Robert A. Dahl (1961), Who Governs?: Democracy and Power in an American City. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-00051-0, ISBN 978-0-300-00051-1. Table 2.1, The Mayors of New Haven, 1784-1960 (pages 12–14).
- Robert A. Dahl (1961), Who Governs?: Democracy and Power in an American City. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-00051-0, ISBN 978-0-300-00051-1. Page 12.
- "What local elected leaders are paid". The Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT). 8 January 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- Dennis Kimberly, Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys as printed in the Connecticut Reports volume 30, page(s) 605-607. Connecticut State Library website, accessed August 3, 2010.
- Not in Dahl's list for this date. This date comes from United States Congress. "INGERSOLL, Ralph Isaacs, (1789 - 1872) (id: I000020)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- New Haven (Conn.) (1885). City Year Book for the City of New Haven ...: Containing Lists of the Officers of the City Government; Address of His Honor the Mayor; Annual Reports of City Departments and Other Public Documents ... p. 380.