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Mayors and Postmasters of Oakland, California


Mayors of Oakland, 1854-2011 (may be incomplete!)
Horace W. Carpentier 1854-55 Charles Campbell 1855-56 S. H. Robinson 1856-57 Andrew Williams 1857-59 Francis K. Shattuck 1859-60 J. P. M. Davis 1860-62 George M. Blake 1862-63 W. H. Bovee 1863-64 Edward Gibbons 1864-65 B. F. Ferris 1865-66 John W. Dwinelle 1866-67 William W. Crane, Jr. 1867-68 Samuel Merritt 1868-69 John B. Felton 1869-70 Nathan W. Spaulding 1870-73 Henry Durant 1873-75 Mack Weber 1875-76 Enoch H. Pardee 1876-78 Washburne R. Andrus 1878-80 James E. Blethen 1880-82 Charles K. Robinson 1882-83 J. West Martin 1883-84 Ashmun C. Henry 1884-85 Eli W. Playter 1885-87 William R. Davis 1887-88 Charles Dexter Pierce 1888-89 John R. Glascock 1889-91 Melvin C. Chapman 1891-93 George C. Pardee 1893-95 John L. Davie 1895-97 W. R. Thomas 1897-99 Roland W. Snow 1899-1901 Anson Barstow 1901-03 Warren Olney 1903-05 Frank K. Mott 1905-15 John L. Davie 1915-31 Fred N. Morcom 1931-33 William J. McCracken 1933-41 John F. Slavich 1941-45 Herbert L. Beach 1945-47 Joseph E. Smith 1947-49 Clifford E. Rishell 1949-61 John Houlihan 1961-66 John H. Reading 1966-77 Lionel J. Wilson 1977-91 Elihu M. Harris 1991-99 Edmund G. Brown, Jr. 1999-2007 Ronald V. Dellums 2007-11

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1854 Apr 17: Horace W. Carpentier, elected; S. J. Clark, defeated.
  • 1875 Jan 22: Henry Durant, died in office.
  • 1966 Feb 1: John Houlihan, resigned.
  • 1973 Apr 17: Bobby Seale, advanced to runoff.
  • 1973 May 15: Bobby Seale, defeated.


    Postmasters at Oakland, 1855-1972 (may be incomplete!)
    Thomas Gallagher 1855-58 George M. Yard 1858-73 John E. Benton 1873-79 Edwin P. Marsellus 1879-83 William E. Dargie 1883-87 James L. Hanna 1887-90 Amasa W. Bishop 1890-94 James J. White 1894-98 William H. Friend 1898-1902 Thomas T. Dargie 1902-07 Paul Schafer 1907-15 Joseph J. Rosborough 1915-24 John F. Conners 1924-28 William Nat Friend 1928-33 Nellie G. Donohoe 1933-34 Nellie G. Donohoe 1934-41 Stephen E. Graham 1941-44 Stephen E. Graham 1944-50 Joseph W. Chaudet 1950-53 Charles R. Gainor 1953-54 Charles C. Herrick 1954-55 Charles C. Herrick 1955-61 Kenneth E. Francis 1961 Kenneth E. Francis 1961-62 John F. Bushell 1962-63 John F. Bushell 1963-72

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