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Mayors and Postmasters of Portland, Oregon


Mayors of Portland, 1851-2015 (may be incomplete!)
Hugh D. O'Bryant 1851-52 Allison C. Bonnell 1852 Simon B. Marye 1852-53 Josiah Failing 1853-54 William S. Ladd 1854-55 George W. Vaughn 1855-56 James O'Neill 1856-57 William S. Ladd 1857-58 A. M. Starr 1858-59 S. J. McCormick 1859-60 G. Collier Robbins 1860-61 John M. Breck 1861-62 William H. Farrar 1862-63 David Logan 1863-64 Henry Failing 1864-65 Thomas J. Holmes 1866-67 J. A. Chapman 1867-68 Hamilton Boyd 1868-69 Bernard Goldsmith 1869-71 Philip Wasserman 1871-73 Henry Failing 1873-75 J. A. Chapman 1875-77 William Spencer Newbury 1877-79 David P. Thompson 1879-81 J. A. Chapman 1882-85 John Gates 1885-88 Van B. DeLashmutt 1888-91 William S. Mason 1891-94 George P. Frank 1894-96 Sylvester Pennoyer 1896-98 William S. Mason 1898-99 William A. Storey 1899-1900 Henry S. Rowe 1900-02 George H. Williams 1902-05 Harry Lane 1905-09 Joseph Simon 1909-11 Allen G. Rushlight 1911-13 H. Russell Albee 1913-17 George L. Baker 1917-33 Joseph K. Carson, Jr. 1933-40 Earl Riley 1941-48 Dorothy McCullough Lee 1949-52 Fred L. Peterson 1953-56 Terry D. Schrunk 1957-72 Neil Goldschmidt 1973-79 Connie McCready 1979-80 Francis J. Ivancie 1980-84 J. E. 'Bud' Clark 1985-92 Vera Katz 1993-2004 Tom Potter 2005-08 Sam Adams 2009-12 Charlie Hales 2013-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1851 Apr 7: Hugh D. O'Bryant, elected; Joseph S. Smith, defeated.
  • 1852 Apr 5: Allison C. Bonnell, elected.
  • 1853 Apr 4: Josiah Failing, elected.
  • 1899 Mar 27: William S. Mason, died in office.
  • 1979 Aug 15: Neil Goldschmidt, resigned.
  • 2004 May 18: Jim Spagnola, defeated in primary.
  • 2012 Nov 6: Charlie Hales, elected; Jefferson D. Smith, defeated.


    Postmasters at Portland, 1849-1972 (may be incomplete!)
    Thomas Smith 1849-50 Edwin B. Comfort 1850-53 John O. Waterman 1853 Alonzo Leland 1853-54 Adam R. Shipley 1854-61 Herman W. Davis 1861-65 E. G. Randall 1865-69 Leland H. Wakefield 1869-73 George E. Cole 1873-81 George A. Steel 1881-85 Charles W. Roby 1885-89 George A. Steel 1889-94 Eugene C. Protzman 1894-98 Allen P. Croasman 1898-1903 Fred A. Bancroft 1903-04 John W. Minto 1904-09 John C. Young 1909-10 Charles B. Merrick 1910-12 William E. Williamson 1912-13 Frank S. Myers 1913-20 Robert H. Barclay 1920 John M. Jones 1920-34 Bernhard L. Hagemann 1934 Bernhard L. Hagemann 1934 Benjamin F. Cain 1934 Elof T. Hedlund 1934-35 Elof T. Hedlund 1935-53 Albert M. Hodler 1953-54 Albert M. Hodler 1954-68 Harold W. Morgan 1968-70 Harold W. Morgan 1970-72

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