Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina

The office of the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina is currently held by Democrat Jennifer Roberts, who took office in December 2015 after defeating Republican Edwin Peacock in the November Election.

The office was established in 1853 when William F. Davidson was elected to serve as Intendent, in 1861 the title was changed from Intendent to Mayor.[1] Below is a list of people who have served as the mayor of Charlotte.

Charlotte mayors serve two-year terms and elections take place in off-years. The longest serving mayor is Pat McCrory,[2] who served from 1995–2009.

List of mayors of Charlotte

Mayor Term Political party Notes
William F. Davidson1853–1857 -
David Parks1857–1859 -
Jennings B. Kerr1859–1861 -
William A. Owens1861–1862 - Resigned after one month in order to command a Confederate regiment. Was killed in battle in 1864.[1]
Robert F. Davidson1862–1863 - Originally Mayor Pro Tem, served the remainder of Owens' term.[3]
Samuel A. Harris1864–1865 - Appointed by Provisional Governor William Woods Holden.[4]
H.M. Pritchard1865–1866 - Appointed by Provisional Governor William Woods Holden.[5]
Samuel A. Harris1866–1868 - Second appointment.
Frederick W. Ahrens1867–1868 - Appointed by Provisional Governor William Woods Holden.[6]
H.M. Pritchard1868–1869 - Second appointment.
Clement Dowd1869–1871DemocraticLater became a U.S. Representative.
John A. Young1871–1873 -
William F. Davidson1873–1875 -
William Johnston1875–1878 -
Benjamin Rush Smith1878–1879 -
Frank I. Osborne1879–1880DemocraticLater became a North Carolina State Senator and North Carolina Attorney General (1893–1897).
Frederick S. DeWolfe1880–1883 -
William C. Maxwell1883–1884 -
William Johnston1884–1887 -
F. Brevard McDowell1887–1891 -
R.J. Brevard1891–1895 -
E.B. Spring1897–1899 -
Johnson D. McCall1899–1901Democratic
Peter Marshall Brown1901–1905Democratic
Samuel S. McNinch1905–1907Democratic
Thomas S. Franklin1907–1909Democratic
Thomas W. Hawkins1909–1911Democratic
Charles A. Bland1911–1915Democratic
Thomas Leroy Kirkpatrick1915–1917Democratic
Frank R. McNinch1917–1920DemocraticLater became chairman of the Federal Power Commission and chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
John M. Wilson1920–1921DemocraticBecame Mayor when Frank McNinch stepped down to take a job in Washington, D.C.. WBT went on the air.[7]
James O. Walker1921–1924Democratic
Harvey W. Moore1924–1926Democratic
David M. Abernathy1926–1927DemocraticSelected after Moore resigned to work in the private sector.[8]
F. Marion Redd1927–1929Democratic
George E. Wilson, Jr.1929–1931Democratic
Charles E. Lambeth1931–1933Democratic
Arthur E. Wearn1933–1935Democratic
Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr.1935–1941DemocraticCharlotte Douglas International Airport was completed under Douglas and carries his name.
E. McA. Currie1941–1943Democratic
Herbert H. Baxter1943–1949DemocraticCharlotte College, now the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, was established [9] and fluoride was added to the water supply.
Victor Shaw1949–1953Democratic
Philip Van Every1953–1957DemocraticDuring Van Every's administration the Charlotte Coliseum and Independence Blvd. were completed.[10]
James Saxon Smith1957–1961Democratic
Stanford R. Brookshire1961–1969DemocraticLake Norman was developed during his administration. Brookshire Freeway and Brookshire Boulevard are named in his honor.[11]
John M. Belk1969–1977DemocraticThe original Charlotte Convention Center was built and SouthPark Mall was developed. John Belk Freeway is named for him.[12]
Kenneth R. Harris1977–1979RepublicanFirst Republican Mayor. Liquor by the drink approved by voters.[13] Later became a North Carolina State Senator.
H. Edward Knox1979–1983DemocraticDiscovery Place was built.
Harvey Gantt1983–1987DemocraticFirst African-American Mayor. The Harvey B. Gantt Center is named in his honor.
Sue Myrick1987–1991RepublicanFirst female Mayor. Second Charlotte Coliseum completed. Later became a U.S. Representative.
Richard Vinroot1991–1995RepublicanBank of America Corporate Center is dedicated.
Pat McCrory1995–2009RepublicanLongest serving Mayor with seven terms. Later became Governor of North Carolina, the first Charlotte Mayor to do so.
Anthony Foxx2009–2013DemocraticStepped down to become United States Secretary of Transportation.
Patsy Kinsey2013DemocraticServed the remainder of Foxx's term.[14]
Patrick Cannon2013–2014DemocraticResigned after being arrested on corruption charges.[15]
Daniel G. Clodfelter2014–2015DemocraticAppointed mayor by the City Council on April 7, 2014.[16]
Jennifer Roberts2015–DemocraticIncumbent. Took office on 7 December 2015.[17]

See also


  1. 1 2 "William Owens". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  2. "Pat McCrory". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  3. "Robert Davidson". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  4. "Samuel A. Harris". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  5. "H.M. Pritchard". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  6. "F.W. Ahrens". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  7. "John M. Wilson". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  8. "David M. Abernathy". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  9. "Herbert H. Baxter". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  10. "Philip Van Every". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  11. "Stanford R. Brookshire". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  12. "John Montgomery Belk". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  13. "Kenneth R. Harris". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  14. "About the Mayor". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  15. Washburn, Mark (2014-03-26). "Charlotte mayor resigns after arrest on corruption charges". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  16. WBTV Web Staff (2016-03-23). "Dan Clodfelter selected as mayor of Charlotte - | WBTV Charlotte". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  17. Harrison, Steve (7 December 2015). "Jennifer Roberts sworn in as Charlotte mayor". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, North Carolina: McClatchy Publications.

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