Joshua Mills (mayor)

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Joshua Mills
2nd & 5th Mayor of Cleveland
In office
1838 – 1839, 1842
Personal details
Joshua McFarson Mills

April 20, 1797
Francestown Township, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
DiedApril 29, 1843(1843-04-29) (aged 46)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting placeErie Street Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyWhig Party
Spouse(s)Phebe Stafford Higby
ChildrenHarriet Mills, John Willey Mills

Joshua Mills (1797 – April 29, 1843) was a pioneer physician and an American politician of the Whig Party who served as the second mayor of Cleveland, Ohio from 1838 to 1839 and later as the city's fifth mayor in 1842.

Mills was born and raised in New England and after an education in medicine, came to Cleveland in 1827. He came as a physician and established the most successful pharmacy in the city. In 1832, Mills became public figure, when his aid in the Cholera Epidemic of 1832 made him a member of the city's first Board of Health. In 1936, Mills became a Whig alderman, a member of Cleveland City Council and in 1837, its president. A year later, he was elected mayor of Cleveland. He was defeated by Nicolas Dockstader for reelection in 1840 and by John W. Allen in 1841. In 1842, he was re-elected as the city's fifth mayor.


  • The Encyclopedia Of Cleveland History by Cleveland Bicentennial Commission (Cleveland, Ohio), David D. Van Tassel (Editor), and John J. Grabowski (Editor) ISBN 0-253-33056-4
Political offices
Preceded by
John W. Willey
Mayor of Cleveland
Succeeded by
Nicholas Dockstader
Preceded by
John W. Allen
Mayor of Cleveland
Succeeded by
Nelson Hayward