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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Mayors, Chief Burgesses, Postmasters


Mayors of Lancaster, 1818-2013 (may be incomplete!)
John Passmore 1818-20 Samuel Carpenter 1821-23 Nathaniel Lightner 1824-30 John Mathiot 1831-43 Michael Carpenter 1843-51 Christian Kieffer 1852-54 Jacob Alrights 1855 John Zimmerman 1856-57 Thomas H. Burrowes 1858 George Sanderson 1859-68 William Atlee 1869-71 Fredrick Pyfer 1871-73 William Stauffer 1873-77 John MacGonigle 1877-84 David Rosenmiller 1884-86 William Morton 1886-88 Edward Edgerly 1888-90 Robert Clark 1890-94 Edwin Smeltz 1894-98 Simon Shissler 1898-99 Henry E. Muhlenberg 1899-1902 Chester W. Cummings 1902-06 John Piersol McCaskey 1906-10 Frank B. McClain 1910-15 Harry L. Trout 1915-20 Horace E. Kennedy 1920-22 Frank C. Musser 1922-30 T. Warren Metzger 1930-34 James H. Ross 1934-38 Dale E. Cary 1938-50 Kendig C. Bare 1950 Howard Bare 1950-51 Kendig C. Bare 1951-58 Thomas J. Monaghan 1958-62 George B. Coe 1962-66 Thomas J. Monaghan 1966-74 Richard M. Scott 1974-79 Albert B. Wohlsen, Jr. 1979-80 Arthur E. Morris 1980-90 Janice C. Stork 1990-98 Charlie Smithgall 1998-2006 Rick Gray 2006-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1843 Jan 22: John Mathiot, died in office.
  • 1906 Feb 20: John Piersol McCaskey (Rep), elected; Milton T. Gavin (Dem), defeated.
  • 1911: Frank B. McClain, elected.
  • 1915 Jan 6: Frank B. McClain, resigned.
  • 2001 May 15: Ed Ruoff (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 2001 May 15: Charlie Smithgall (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 2001 Nov 6: Charlie Smithgall (Rep), elected; Ed Ruoff (Dem), defeated.
  • 2005 May 17: Rick Gray (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 2005 May 17: Charlie Smithgall (Rep), nominated; Luis A. Mendoza (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2005 Nov 8: Rick Gray (Dem), elected; Charlie Smithgall (Rep), defeated.
  • 2009 May 19: Rick Gray (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 2009 May 19: Charlie Smithgall (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 2009 Nov 3: Rick Gray (Dem), elected; Charlie Smithgall (Rep), defeated.


    Chief Burgesses of Lancaster, 1742-1818 (may be incomplete!)
    Thomas Cookson 1742-43 John Dehuff 1744 Thomas Cookson 1745-49 Adam Simon Kuhn 1750-56 Samuel Boude 1757-58 John Hopson 1759-60 Samuel Boude 1761 James Bickham 1762-63 William Bowman 1764 James Burd 1765 Michael Hubley 1766-67 James Ralffe 1768-69 William Atlee 1770-73 William Bausman 1774-77 Henry Dehuff 1778-79 Paul Zantzinger 1780 William Parr 1781-82 Henry Dehuff 1783-85 Jacob Reigart 1786 Henry Dering 1787-88 Edward Hand 1789-90 Paul Zantzinger 1791-94 Adam Reigart 1795-96 Paul Zantzinger 1797-98 John Miller 1799 William Reichenback 1800 Frederick Steinman 1801 William Reichenback 1802 John Light 1803-04 John Eberman 1805-06 John Messenkop 1807-09 Adam Reigart 1810-15 Samuel Carpenter 1816-18


    Postmasters at Lancaster, 1788-1970 (may be incomplete!)
    Samuel Turbett 1788-93 John Stone 1793-95 Henry Willcocks 1795-96 Mathias Slough 1796 William Hamilton 1796-98 George Moore 1798-1809 Ann Moore 1809-29 Mary Dickson 1829-50 George W. Hamersly 1850-53 Henry M. Reigart 1853-56 Hiram B. Swarr 1856-61 John J. Cochran 1861-66 Jay Cadwell 1866-67 Henry W. Hager 1867-72 Ellen H. Hager 1872-76 James H. Marshall 1876-85 Henry E. Slaymaker 1885-89 Ellwood Griest 1889-94 John E. Malone 1894-98 Ellwood Griest 1898-1900 Adam C. Reinoehl 1900 S. Clay Miller 1901-09 Henry L. Trout 1909-13 Louis N. Spencer 1913-22 Edwin L. Whitson 1922-26 John M. Groff 1926 Charles H. Stormfeltz 1926-34 Charles M. Howell 1934-35 Charles M. Howell 1935-47 Frank R. Hammond 1947-49 Frank R. Hammond 1949-68 Robert E. Buckwalter 1968-70

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1900 Dec 14: Adam C. Reinoehl, died in office.
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