List of mayors of Providence, Rhode Island

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The following is a list of mayors of Providence, Rhode Island.

Originally the term for the mayor was one year, from June to June. In 1873, the term was lengthened to January, and then from January to January. In 1913, the term was lengthened to two years, and in January 1967 to four years.

# Image Name Term Party
1 Samuel Willard Bridgham, mayor of Providence.jpg Samuel W. Bridgham June 1832–December 28, 1840 Whig
2 Thomas-m-burgess-providence-mayor.jpg Thomas M. Burgess February 2, 1841–June 1852 Whig
3 Providence mayor Amos Barstow engraving.jpg Amos C. Barstow June 1852–June 1853 Whig
4 Providence mayor Walter R. Danforth engraving.jpg Walter R. Danforth June 1853–June 1854 Democrat
5 Providence Mayor Edward Knowles engraving.jpg Edward P. Knowles June 1854–June 1855 Whig
6 GovJamesYSmithRI.jpg James Y. Smith June 1855–June 1857 Republican
7 William M. Rodman mayor of Providence.jpg William M. Rodman June 1857–June 1859 American
8 Jabez Comstock Knight mayor of Providence.jpg Jabez C. Knight June 1859–June 1864 Republican
9 Thomas A Doyle Mayor of Providence Official Portrait.jpg Thomas A. Doyle June 1864–June 1869 Republican
10 George L Clarke Mayor of Providence.jpg George L. Clarke June 1869–June 1870 Republican
11 Thomas A Doyle Mayor of Providence Official Portrait.jpg Thomas A. Doyle June 1870–June 1881 Republican
12 William Hayward mayor of Providence.jpg William S. Hayward January 1881–January 1884 Republican
13 Thomas A Doyle Mayor of Providence Official Portrait.jpg Thomas A. Doyle January 1884–June 9, 1886 Republican
14 Gilbert F. Robbins Mayor of Providence RI.jpg Gilbert F. Robbins June 9, 1886–January 1889 Republican
15 Henry Rodman Barker Mayor of Providence.png Henry R. Barker January 1889–January 1891 Republican
16 Charles Sydney Smith halftone.jpg Charles Sydney Smith January 1891–January 1892 Republican
17 William Knight Potter mayor of Providence-2.jpg William Knight Potter January 1892–January 1894 Democrat
18 Frank F. Olney photogravure.jpg Frank F. Olney January 1894–January 1896 Republican
19 Mayor Edwin D McGuinness.jpg Edwin D. McGuinness January 6, 1896–January 3, 1898 Democrat
20 William-c-baker-mayor-providence.jpg William C. Baker January 1898–January 1901 Democrat
21 DLDGranger.jpg Daniel L. D. Granger January 1901–January 1903 Democrat
22 Augustus S. Miller portrait.jpg Augustus S. Miller January 1903–September 26, 1905 Democrat
23 Elisha Dyer Jr RI Governor.jpg Elisha Dyer, Jr. January 1906–November 29, 1906 Republican
24 Patrick J. McCarthy Mayor of Providence.jpg Patrick J. McCarthy January 1907–January 1909 Democratic
25 Henry Fletcher Providence Mayor.jpg Henry Fletcher January 1909–January 1913 Republican
26 Joseph Gainer Providence mayor.jpg Joseph H. Gainer January 1913–January 1927 Democratic
27 No image.svg James E. Dunne January 1927–January 1939 Democratic
28 John F. Collins mayor of Providence.jpg John F. Collins January 2, 1939–January 6, 1941 Republican
29 RI Governor Dennis Joseph Roberts.jpg Dennis J. Roberts January 1941–January 1951 Democratic
30 No image.svg Walter H. Reynolds January 1951–January 1965 Democratic
31 Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Providence Mayor.jpg Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. January 5, 1965–January 6, 1975 Democratic
32 Buddy Cianci 4 July 2009 Bristol RI.jpg Vincent Cianci January 1975–April 25, 1984 Republican (1974-1982)
Independent (1982-1984)
33 Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. 1985.jpeg Joseph R. Paolino April 25, 1984–January 1991 Democratic
34 Buddy Cianci 4 July 2009 Bristol RI.jpg Vincent Cianci January 1991–September 6, 2002 Independent
35 No image.svg John J. Lombardi September 6, 2002–January 6, 2003 Democratic
36 David Cicilline, Official Portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg David Cicilline January 6, 2003–January 3, 2011 Democratic
37 Angel Taveras headshot.jpg Angel Taveras January 3, 2011–January 5, 2015 Democratic
38 Providence mayor Jorge Elorza.jpg Jorge Elorza January 5, 2015–present Democratic

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