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Mayors & Officials



The cities of Washington and Georgetown had separate mayors from 1802 - 1871.

From 1871 through 1874, the District of Columbia was administered by Governors.
From 1874 to 1974, the District was administered by a Board of Commissioners that
was appointed by the President of the United States.

From 1975 to the present day, the District, given home rule, has been administered by a
popularly elected mayor and city council.

The mayor of Washington, D.C. can be thought of as analogous to the city mayors of other cities in the United States,
but in some manners can also be thought of as analogous to governors of other states.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


PAST MAYORS

Term Served Mayor Birthplace Induction Date
1802-1812 Robert Brent Virginia June 1, 1802
1812-1813 Daniel Rapine Philadelphia June 8, 1812
1813-1817 James H. Blake Maryland June 14, 1813
1817-1819 Benjamin G. Orr Virgina June 9, 1817
1819-1822 Samuel N. Smallwood Maryland June 14, 1819
1822-1824 Thomas Carbery Maryland June 14, 1822
1824 deceased Samuel N. Smallwood Maryland June 14, 1824
1824-1827 Roger C. Weightman Virgina Oct 4, 1824
1827-1830 Joseph Gales Jr. England June 11, 1827
1830-1834 John P. Van Ness New York June 14, 1830
1834-1836 William A. Bradley Conneticut June 9, 1834
1836-1840 Peter Force New Jersey June 13, 1836
1840-1850 William Winston Seaton Virginia June 8,1840
1850-1852 Walter Lenox Washington DC June 10, 1850
1852-1854 John W. Maury Virgina June 14,1852
1854-1856 John Thomas Towers Virgina June 12, 1854
1856-1858 William B. Magruder Maryland June 9, 1856
1858-1861 James G. Berret Maryland June 14, 1858
1861-1868 Richard Wallach Virgina August 26, 1861
1868-1870 Sayles J. Bowen New York June 8, 1868
1870-1871 Matthew Gault Emery New Hampshire June 13, 1870


The office of Mayor was abolished in 1871 in favor of Territorial Government

 

Governors of the District of Columbia    
1871-1873 Henry D. Cooke Ohio Feb 28, 1871
1873-1874 Alexander R. Shepherd Washington DC Sept 13, 1873
Presidents of the Board of Commissioners    
1874-1878 William Dennison Cincinnati  
1878-1879 Seth Ledyard Phelps Ohio  
1879-1882 Josiah Dent Maryland  
1882-1883 Joseph Rodman West Louisiana  
1883-1886 James Barker Edmonds New York  
1886-1889 William Benning Webb Washington DC  
1889-1893 John Watkinson Douglass Pennsylvania  
1893-1898 John Wesley Ross Illinois  
1898-1900 John Brewer Wright    
1898-1900 Henry Brown Floyd Macfarland Pennsylvania  
1910-1913 Cuno Hugo Rudolph Maryland  
1913-1917 Oliver Peck Newman Iowa  
1917-1920 Louis Brownlow Missouri  
1920 Charles Willauer Kutz Pennsylvania  
1920-1926 Cuno Hugo Rudolph Maryland  
1926-1930 Proctor L. Dougherty Massachusetts  
1930-1933 Luther Halsey Reichelderfer Ohio  
1933-1941 Melvin Colvin Hazen Virginia died in office
1941 Guy Mason   took over for Hazen
1941-1952 John Russell Young Phladelphia  
1952-1953 F. Joseph Donohue Pennsylvania  
1953-1956 Samuel Spencer Washington DC  
1956-1961 Robert E. McLaughlin Illinois  
1961-1967 Walter Nathan Tobriner Washington DC  
1967-1975 Walter Washington Georgia  

On December 24, 1973, Congress enacted the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, providing for
 an elected mayor and the 13-member Council of the District of Columbia.

Mayors  BIRTHPLACE DATE INDUCTED
1975-1979 Walter Washington Georgia Jan 2,.1975
1979-1991 Marion S. Barry Mississippi Jan 2,.1979
1991-1995 Sharon Pratt (Dixon) Kelly Washington DC Jan 2,.1991
1995-1999 Marion S. Barry Mississippi Jan 2,.1995
1999-2007 Anthony A. Williams California Jan 2,.1999
2007- 2011 Adrian M Fenty Washington DC Jan 2,. 2007
2011 Vincent C Gray Washington DC Jan 2, 2011

 

[sources" Library of Congress, District of Columbia. gov, New York Times. Submitted by J. Rice]

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