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Mayors and Postmasters of Kansas City, Missouri


Mayors of Kansas City, 1853-2018 (may be incomplete!)
William H. Gregory 1853-54 Johnston Lykins 1854-55 John Johnson 1855 Milton J. Payne 1855-60 George M. B. Maughs 1860-61 Robert T. Van Horn 1861-62 Milton J. Payne 1862-63 William Bonnifield 1863 Robert T. Van Horn 1863-65 Patrick Shannon 1865-66 Alexander L. Harris 1866-67 Edward H. Allen 1867-68 Alexander L. Harris 1868-69 Francis Reid Long 1869-70 Elijah Milton McGee 1870-71 William Warner 1871-72 Robert H. Hunt 1872-73 Edward Lowe Martin 1873-74 Smith D. Woods 1874-75 Turner A. Gill 1875-77 James W. L. Slavens 1877-78 George M. Shelley 1878-80 Charles A. Chace 1880-81 Daniel A. Frank 1881-82 Thomas B. Bullene 1882-83 James Gibson 1883-84 Leander J. Talbott 1884-85 John W. Moore 1885-86 Henry Christian Kumpf 1886-89 Joseph J. Davenport 1889-90 Benjamin Holmes 1890-92 William S. Cowherd 1892-94 Webster Davis 1894-96 James Monroe Jones 1896-1900 James A. Reed 1900-04 Jay H. Neff 1904-06 Henry M. Beardsley 1906-08 Thomas Theodore Crittenden, Jr. 1908-10 Darius A. Brown 1910-12 Henry L. Jost 1912-16 George H. Edwards 1916-18 James Cowgill 1918-22 Sam B. Strother 1922 Frank H. Cromwell 1922-23 Albert I. Beach 1924-30 Bryce B. Smith 1930-40 Charles S. Keith 1940 John B. Gage 1940-45 William E. Kemp 1946-55 H. Roe Bartle 1955-63 Ilus W. Davis 1963-71 Charles B. Wheeler, Jr. 1971-79 Richard L. Berkley 1979-91 Emanuel Cleaver 1991-99 Kay Barnes 1999-2007 Mark Funkhouser 2007-11 Sly James 2011-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1910 Apr 5: Darius A. Brown (Rep), elected; Andrew F. Evans (Dem), defeated.
  • 1922 Jan 20: James Cowgill, died in office.
  • 1940 Jan 5: Bryce B. Smith, resigned.
  • 1955 Mar 29: H. Roe Bartle, elected; Berl Berry, defeated.
  • 2011 Mar 22: Sly James, elected; Mike Burke, defeated.


    Postmasters at Kansas City, 1846-1977 (may be incomplete!)
    William M. Chick 1846-47 William S. Chick 1847-50 Preston Wright 1850-51 Samuel Geer 1851-53 Lot Coffman 1853-54 Daniel Edgington 1854-55 Joseph C. Ranson 1855-57 Robert T. Van Horn 1857-61 Stephen Hazlett 1861 Francis Foster 1861 W. T. Doane 1861 Francis Foster 1861-65 Albert H. Hallowell 1865-66 Harrison B. Branch 1866-67 Francis Foster 1867-72 John S. Harris 1872-73 Theodore S. Case 1873-85 George M. Shelley 1885-89 Robert S. Adkins 1889 Francis B. Nofsinger 1889-94 Homer Reed 1894-98 Samuel F. Scott 1898-1902 Joseph H. Harris 1902-14 William N. Collins 1914-16 Baylis Steele 1916-24 William E. Morton 1924-25 William E. Morton 1925-33 Alexander W. Graham 1933-34 Alexander W. Graham 1934-49 Alexander F. Sachs 1949 Alexander F. Sachs 1949-57 Jeffrey P. Hillelson 1957-61 Theodoric C. Bland 1961-62 Theodoric C. Bland 1962-77

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