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Mayors, City Managers, Postmasters


Mayors of Cleveland, 1836-2018 (may be incomplete!)
John W. Willey 1836-37 Joshua Mills 1838-39 Nicholas Dockstader 1840 John W. Allen 1841 Joshua Mills 1842 Nelson Hayward 1843 Samuel Starkweather 1844-45 George Hoadley 1846 Josiah A. Harris 1847 Lorenzo A. Kelsey 1848 Flavel W. Bingham 1849 William Case 1850-51 Abner Brownell 1852-54 William B. Castle 1855-56 Samuel Starkweather 1857-58 George B. Senter 1859-60 Edward Sherrill Flint 1861-62 Irvine Masters 1863-64 George B. Senter 1864 Herman M. Chapin 1865-66 Stephen Buhrer 1867-70 Frederic Pelton 1871-72 Charles A. Otis 1873-74 Nathan P. Payne 1875-76 William G. Rose 1877-78 Rensselaer R. Herrick 1879-82 John H. Farley 1883-84 George W. Gardner 1885-86 Brenton D. Babcock 1887-88 George W. Gardner 1889-90 William G. Rose 1891-92 Robert Blee 1893-94 Robert E. McKisson 1895-98 John H. Farley 1899-1900 Tom L. Johnson 1901-09 Herman C. Baehr 1910-11 Newton D. Baker 1912-15 Harry L. Davis 1916-19 William Fitzgerald 1920-21 Frederick Kohler 1922-23 Clayton C. Townes 1924-25 John D. Marshall 1926-31 Harold H. Burton 1931-32 Ray T. Miller 1932-33 Harry L. Davis 1934-35 Harold H. Burton 1936-41 Edward Blythin 1941 Frank J. Lausche 1942-45 Thomas A. Burke 1946-53 Anthony J. Celebrezze 1954-61 Ralph S. Locher 1962-67 Carl B. Stokes 1968-71 Ralph J. Perk 1972-77 Dennis J. Kucinich 1978-79 George V. Voinovich 1980-89 Michael R. White 1990-2001 Jane L. Campbell 2002-05 Frank G. Jackson 2005-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1840: Joshua Mills, defeated.
  • 1841: Joshua Mills, defeated.
  • 1867: Stephen Buhrer (Dem), elected.
  • 1869: Stephen Buhrer (Dem), elected.
  • 1871: Stephen Buhrer (Dem), defeated.
  • 1872: Charles A. Otis (Dem), elected.
  • 1892: William Joseph Akers (Rep), defeated.
  • 1895 Apr 5: Robert E. McKisson (Rep), elected.
  • 1901 Apr 2: Tom L. Johnson, elected; William Joseph Akers (Rep), defeated.
  • 1909: Herman C. Baehr (Rep), elected.
  • 1911: C. E. Ruthenberg (Socialist), defeated; Frank G. Hogan, defeated.
  • 1915: C. E. Ruthenberg (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1917: C. E. Ruthenberg (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1919: C. E. Ruthenberg, defeated.
  • 1932: Daniel E. Morgan, defeated.
  • 1933: Martin L. Sweeney, defeated for nomination.
  • 1941: Martin L. Sweeney, defeated for nomination.
  • 1949 Nov 8: Thomas A. Burke (Dem), elected; Franklin Polk, defeated.
  • 1953 Nov 3: Anthony J. Celebrezze (Dem), elected; William J. McDermott (Rep), defeated.
  • 1965: Carl B. Stokes, defeated.
  • 1967: Seth C. Taft, defeated.
  • 1969: Ralph J. Perk (Rep), defeated.
  • 1971: George V. Voinovich (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1971: Ralph J. Perk, elected.
  • 1973: Ralph J. Perk, elected.
  • 1975: Ralph J. Perk, elected; Arthur R. Pinkney, defeated.
  • 1977: Edward F. Feighan, nominated; Dennis J. Kucinich, nominated; Ralph J. Perk, defeated in primary.
  • 1977: Edward F. Feighan, defeated; Dennis J. Kucinich, elected.
  • 1979: Dennis J. Kucinich, defeated; George V. Voinovich, elected.
  • 1985: Gary Kucinich, defeated.
  • 1989: Michael R. White, elected.
  • 1993: Michael R. White, elected.
  • 1997: Michael R. White, elected.


    City Managers of Cleveland, 1924-31 (may be incomplete!)
    W. R. Hopkins 1924-30 Daniel E. Morgan 1930-31


    Postmasters at Cleveland, 1805-1966 (may be incomplete!)
    Elisha Norton 1805 John Walworth 1806-12 Ashbel W. Walworth 1812-16 Daniel Kelley 1816-17 Irad Kelley 1817-29 Daniel Worley 1829-39 Aaron Barker 1839-42 Benjamin Andrews 1842-45 Timothy P. Spencer 1845-49 Daniel M. Haskell 1849-53 Joseph W. Gray 1853-58 Benjamin Harrington 1858-61 Edwin Cowles 1861-65 George A. Benedict 1865-70 John W. Allen 1870-75 Nelson B. Sherwin 1875-83 Thomas Jones, Jr. 1883-87 William W. Armstrong 1887-91 Alfred T. Anderson 1891-95 John C. Hutchins 1895-99 Charles C. Dewstoe 1899-1910 Raymond G. Floyd 1910-14 William J. Murphy 1914-22 Grant B. Miller 1922-23 Henry A. Taylor 1923-33 Michael F. O'Donnell 1933-34 Michael F. O'Donnell 1934-43 James L. Collins 1943-44 James L. Collins 1944 Joseph P. Nolan 1944-45 Guy R. Lucas 1945-49 Joseph F. Prosser 1949-50 Joseph F. Prosser 1950-54 Joseph S. Frantz 1954 Joseph S. Frantz 1954-61 Ralph H. Bushman 1961 Nelson E. Sundermeier 1961-64 Nelson E. Sundermeier 1964-66


    West Cleveland
    (annexed to Cleveland in 1890s)

    Mayors of West Cleveland, 1889 (may be incomplete!)
    William J. White as of 1889

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