List of mayors of Raleigh, North Carolina

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This is a list of Mayors of Raleigh since the creation of the office in 1857. The Mayor is the head of a council-manager system of government for Raleigh, North Carolina. The office was created in 1857 when a new charter was established for the city to replace the original 1795 charter.

Intendants of Police[edit]

Under Raleigh's original 1795 charter, the equivalent of a mayor was called the "Intendant of Police" (a title borrowed from France). The first person to hold the office was John Haywood. He was elected by the city board of commissioners (who were themselves appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly). Starting in 1803, intendants of police were elected annually by all land-owning free men, including free African-Americans.[1][2]

# Mayor Term start Term end
1 John Haywood 1795 c. 1803
2 William White 1803 1806
3 William Hill 1806 1807[3]
4 Dr. Calvin Jones 1807 1809
5 John Marshall 1809 1811
6 Jonathan S. Robeteau 1812 1813
7 Sterling Yancey 1813 1814[4]
8 Alexander Lucas 1814 1816
9 Mark Cooke 1817 1819
10 Joseph Gales, Sr. (first time) 1819 1826
11 John Bell 1826 1827
12 Joseph Gales, Sr. (second time) 1827 1833
13 Thomas Cobbs 1833 1834
14 Weston Raleigh Gales (first time) 1835 1837
15 Thomas Cobbs 1837 1838
16 William C. Carrington 1838 1839
17 Thomas Cobbs 1839 1840
18 Joseph Gales, Sr. (third time) 1840 1841
19 William F. Clarke 1841 1842
20 Thomas Loring 1842 1843
21 Weston Raleigh Gales (second time) 1843 1847[5]
22 William Dallas Haywood 1847 1857[6]

List of mayors[edit]

# Mayor Term start Term end
23 William Dallas Haywood (first time) 1857 1858
24 William H. Harrison (first time) 1858 1867
25 William Dallas Haywood (second time) 1867 1868
26 Charles B. Root[7] 1868 1869
27 William H. Harrison (second time) 1869 1872
28 Wesley Whitaker 1872 1874
29 Joseph W. Holden 1874 1875
30 John C. Gorman 1875 1875
31 Joseph Henry Separk (died in office) 1875 1875
32 Basil C. Manly (died in office) 1875 1882
33 William H. Dodd[8] 1882 1887
34 Alfred A. Thompson 1887 1891
35 Thomas Badger 1891 1895
36 William M. Russ 1895 1898
37 A. M. Powell 1898 1905
38 James I. Johnson (first time) 1905 1909
39 James S. Wynne 1909 1911
40 James I. Johnson (second time) 1911 1919
41 T. B. Eldridge 1919 1923
42 Eugene E. Culbreth[9] 1923 1931
43 George A. Iseley 1931 1939
44 Graham H. Andrews 1939 1947
45 Percey Daniel Snipes 1947 1951
46 James E. Briggs 1951 1953
47 Fred B. Wheeler 1951 1957
48 William G. Enloe 1957 1963
49 James W. Reid 1963 1965
50 Travis Hocutt Tomlinson 1965 1969
51 Seby B. Jones 1969 1971
52 Thomas W. Bradshaw 1971 1973
53 Clarence Everett Lightner[10] 1973 1975
54 Jyles Jackson Coggins 1975 1977
55 Isabella McLean Bett Walton Cannon 1977 1979
56 George Smedes York 1979 1983
57 Avery C. Upchurch 1983 1993
58 Tom Harrison Fetzer 1993 1999
59 Paul Y. Coble 1999 2001
60 Charles Carpenter Meeker 2001 2011
61 Nancy Pletcher McFarlane 2011 present

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Guion Griffis, 1900–1989. Ante-Bellum North Carolina: A Social History: Electronic Edition
  2. ^ "Historical Raleigh from its foundation in 1792" by Moses N. Amis Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Early history of Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina" Archived 2011-08-14 at the Wayback Machine by Kemp P. Battle
  4. ^ Murray, Elizabeth (1983). "Appendix D (Mayors)". Wake, Capital County of North Carolina, Volume 1, Prehistory Through Centennial. Wake County, North Carolina: Capital County Publishing, Raleigh. ASIN B000M0ZYF4. OCLC 9584353.
  5. ^ Elliot, Robert (1986). "The Raleigh Register, 1799-1863". Raleigh, North Carolina. ISBN 978-0807850367.
  6. ^ Cahoon, Ben. "Mayors of U.S. Cities M - W". Worlds Statesmen. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  7. ^ McCrady, Edward; A'Court Ashe, Samuel (1892). Cyclopedia of Eminent and Representative Men of the Carolinas of the Nineteenth Century. 2. Brant & Fuller, 1892. pp. 364–365. ISBN 978-1376644845.
  8. ^ "Dod-Hinsdale House". National Park Service. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "History of Raleigh". Raleigh. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  10. ^ Government of Raleigh, North Carolina: Mayors of Raleigh, North Carolina, Clarence Lightner, Isabella Cannon, John Haywood, Joseph Gales, Sr. Books LLC. ISBN 9781158189779.

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