The Info List - Mayor Of Charlotte, North Carolina

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The office of the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
is currently held by Democrat Vi Lyles, who took office in December 2017 after defeating Republican Kenny Smith 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.


1 List of mayors of Charlotte 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

List of mayors of Charlotte[edit]

Mayor Term Political party Notes

William F. Davidson 1853–1857 -

David Parks 1857–1859 -

Jennings B. Kerr 1859–1861 -

William A. Owens 1861–1862 - Resigned after one month in order to command a Confederate regiment. Was killed in battle in 1864.[1]

Robert F. Davidson 1862–1863 - Originally Mayor Pro Tem, served the remainder of Owens' term.[3]

Samuel A. Harris 1864–1865 - Appointed by Provisional Governor William Woods Holden.[4]

H.M. Pritchard 1865–1866 - Appointed by Provisional Governor William Woods Holden.[5]

Samuel A. Harris 1866–1868 - Second appointment.

Frederick W. Ahrens 1867–1868 - Appointed by Provisional Governor William Woods Holden.[6]

H.M. Pritchard 1868–1869 - Second appointment.

Clement Dowd 1869–1871 Democratic Later became a U.S. Representative.

John A. Young 1871–1873 -

William F. Davidson 1873–1875 -

William Johnston 1875–1878 -

Benjamin Rush Smith 1878–1879 -

Frank I. Osborne 1879–1880 Democratic Later became a North Carolina
North Carolina
State Senator and North Carolina Attorney General (1893–1897).

Frederick S. DeWolfe 1880–1883 -

William C. Maxwell 1883–1884 -

William Johnston 1884–1887 -

F. Brevard McDowell 1887–1891 -

R.J. Brevard 1891–1895 -

E.B. Spring 1897–1899 -

Johnson D. McCall 1899–1901 Democratic

Peter Marshall Brown 1901–1905 Democratic

Samuel S. McNinch 1905–1907 Democratic

Thomas S. Franklin 1907–1909 Democratic

Thomas W. Hawkins 1909–1911 Democratic

Charles A. Bland 1911–1915 Democratic

Thomas Leroy Kirkpatrick 1915–1917 Democratic

Frank R. McNinch 1917–1920 Democratic Later became chairman of the Federal Power Commission and chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

John M. Wilson 1920–1921 Democratic Became Mayor when Frank McNinch stepped down to take a job in Washington, D.C.. WBT went on the air.[7]

James O. Walker 1921–1924 Democratic

Harvey W. Moore 1924–1926 Democratic

David M. Abernathy 1926–1927 Democratic Selected after Moore resigned to work in the private sector.[8]

F. Marion Redd 1927–1929 Democratic

George E. Wilson, Jr. 1929–1931 Democratic

Charles E. Lambeth 1931–1933 Democratic

Arthur E. Wearn 1933–1935 Democratic

Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr. 1935–1941 Democratic Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
was completed under Douglas and carries his name.

E. McA. Currie 1941–1943 Democratic

Herbert Hill Baxter 1943–1949 Democratic Charlotte College, now the University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Charlotte, was established [9] and fluoride was added to the water supply.

Victor Shaw 1949–1953 Democratic

Philip Van Every 1953–1957 Democratic During Van Every's administration the Charlotte Coliseum
Charlotte Coliseum
and Independence Blvd. were completed.[10]

James Saxon Smith 1957–1961 Democratic

Stanford R. Brookshire 1961–1969 Democratic Lake Norman
Lake Norman
was developed during his administration. Brookshire Freeway and Brookshire Boulevard are named in his honor.[11]

John M. Belk 1969–1977 Democratic The original Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte Convention Center
was built and SouthPark Mall was developed. John Belk Freeway is named for him.[12]

Kenneth R. Harris 1977–1979 Republican First Republican Mayor. Liquor by the drink approved by voters.[13] Later became a North Carolina
North Carolina
State Senator.

H. Edward Knox 1979–1983 Democratic Discovery Place
Discovery Place
was built.

Harvey Gantt 1983–1987 Democratic First African-American Mayor. The Harvey B. Gantt Center
Harvey B. Gantt Center
is named in his honor.

Sue Myrick 1987–1991 Republican First female Mayor. Second Charlotte Coliseum
Charlotte Coliseum
completed. Later became a U.S. Representative.

Richard Vinroot 1991–1995 Republican Bank of America Corporate Center
Bank of America Corporate Center
is dedicated.

Pat McCrory 1995–2009 Republican Longest serving Mayor with seven terms. First Charlotte Mayor to be elected Governor of North Carolina.

Anthony Foxx 2009–2013 Democratic Stepped down to become United States Secretary of Transportation.

Patsy Kinsey 2013 Democratic Served the remainder of Foxx's term.[14]

Patrick Cannon 2013–2014 Democratic Resigned after being arrested on corruption charges.[15]

Dan Clodfelter 2014–2015 Democratic Appointed mayor by the City Council on April 7, 2014.[16]

Jennifer Roberts 2015–2017 Democratic

Vi Lyles 2017- Democratic First African-American female mayor.

See also[edit]

Timeline of Charlotte, North Carolina


^ a b "William Owens". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "Pat McCrory". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "Robert Davidson". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "Samuel A. Harris". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "H.M. Pritchard". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "F.W. Ahrens". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "John M. Wilson". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "David M. Abernathy". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "Herbert H. Baxter". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "Philip Van Every". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "Stanford R. Brookshire". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "John Montgomery Belk". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "Kenneth R. Harris". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ "About the Mayor". Charmeck.org. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ Washburn, Mark (2014-03-26). "Charlotte mayor resigns after arrest on corruption charges". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ WBTV
Web Staff (2016-03-23). " Dan Clodfelter
Dan Clodfelter
selected as mayor of Charlotte - WBTV
Charlotte". Wbtv.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 

External links[edit]

Char-Meck homepage – Past Mayors

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City of Charlotte, North Carolina


Charlotteans Mecklenburg County Metrolina North Carolina Piedmont Neighborhoods Tallest buildings


Timeline Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Queen Charlotte Charlottetown Resolutions


Mayor of Charlotte: Vi Lyles Charlotte City Council Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Public Library System Charlotte Fire CMPD

Colleges and universities

University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Charlotte Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte School of Law Johnson C. Smith University Johnson & Wales University Queens University of Charlotte


Museums: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Billy Graham Library Carolinas Aviation Museum Discovery Place Harvey B. Gantt Center Levine Museum of the New South Mint Museum NASCAR Hall of Fame

Performing Arts: North Carolina
North Carolina
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center ImaginOn North Carolina
North Carolina
Music Factory PNC Music Pavilion Tremont Music Hall Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra

Parks: First Ward Park Freedom Park Independence Park Little Sugar Creek Greenway Reedy Creek Park Romare Bearden Park

Sports teams

Carolina Panthers–NFL Charlotte Hornets–NBA Charlotte Hounds–MLL Charlotte Checkers–AHL Charlotte Independence–United Soccer Leagues Charlotte Knights–IL Charlotte Rugby Club–RSL Charlotte 49ers–NCAA Division I Johnson C. Smith University
Johnson C. Smith University
Golden Bulls–NCAA Division II


Newspapers: The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Post Creative Loafing Q-Notes Charlotte Weekly

Television: 3 WBTV
(CBS) 9 WSOC (ABC) 14 WHKY (Ind.) 18 WCCB
(Fox) 55 WMYT (MNT) 58 WUNG (PBS/UNC-TV) 64 WAXN (Ind.)


Atrium Health Center city Companies Convention Center


Charlotte Area Transit System

Lynx Blue Line CityLynx Gold Line

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Roads: I-77 I-85 I-277 I-485 US 21 US 29 US 74 US 521 NC 16 NC 49 NC 51 NC 115 Route 4

Rail: Carolinian