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Charleston, South Carolina
Mayors, Intendants, Postmasters


Mayors of Charleston, 1836-2020 (may be incomplete!)
Robert Y. Hayne 1836-37 Henry Laurens Pinckney 1837-40 Jacob F. Mintzing 1840-42 John Schnierle 1842-46 Thomas Leger Hutchinson 1846-50 John Schnierle 1850-52 Thomas Leger Hutchinson 1852-55 William Porcher Miles 1855-57 Charles Macbeth 1857-65 Peter C. Gaillard 1865-68 William Wallace Burns 1868 Milton Cogswell 1868 George Washington Clark 1868-69 Gilbert Pillsbury 1869-71 Johann Andreas Wagener 1871-73 George I. Cunningham 1873-77 William W. Sale 1877-79 William Ashmead Courtenay 1879-87 George D. Bryan 1887-91 John F. Ficken 1891-95 James Adger Smyth 1896-1903 R. Goodwyn Rhett 1903-11 John P. Grace 1911-15 Tristram T. Hyde 1915-19 John P. Grace 1919-23 Thomas Porcher Stoney 1923-31 Burnet R. Maybank 1931-38 Henry W. Lockwood 1938-44 E. Edward Wehman, Jr. 1944-47 William McG. Morrison 1947-59 J. Palmer Gaillard, Jr. 1959-75 Arthur B. Schirmer, Jr. 1975 Joseph P. Riley, Jr. 1975-2016 John J. Tecklenburg 2016-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1840 Sep 7: Jacob F. Mintzing, elected.
  • 1841 Sep 6: Jacob F. Mintzing, elected.
  • 1842 Mar 14: Jacob F. Mintzing, died in office.
  • 1877 Dec 11: William W. Sale, elected.
  • 1887 Dec 13: George D. Bryan, elected.
  • 1903 Dec 8: R. Goodwyn Rhett, elected.
  • 1907 Dec 8: R. Goodwyn Rhett, elected.
  • 1944 Jun 5: Henry W. Lockwood, died in office.
  • 1959 Jun 9: William McG. Morrison, defeated.
  • 1999 Nov 2: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. (Dem), elected.
  • 2003: Joseph P. Riley, Jr., elected.
  • 2015 Nov 17: John J. Tecklenburg, elected.


    Intendants of Charleston, 1783-1836 (may be incomplete!)
    Richard Hutson 1783-85 Arnoldus Van der Horst 1785-86 John Grimké 1786-88 Rawlins Lowndes 1788-89 Thomas Jones 1789-90 Arnoldus Van der Horst 1790-92 John Huger 1792-94 John Bee Holmes 1794-95 John Edwards 1795-97 Henry W. de Saussure 1797-99 Thomas Roper 1799-1801 John Ward 1801-02 David Deas 1802-03 John Drayton 1803-04 Thomas Winstanley 1804-05 Charles Cochran 1805-06 John Dawson, Jr. 1806-08 Benjamin Boyd 1808 William Rouse 1808-10 Thomas H. McCalla 1810-12 Thomas Bennett 1812-13 Thomas Rhett Smith 1813-15 Elias Horry 1815-17 John Geddes 1817-19 Daniel Stevens 1819-20 Elias Horry 1820-21 James Hamilton, Jr. 1821-22 John Geddes 1823-24 Samuel Prioleau 1824-25 Joseph Johnson 1825-27 John Gadsden 1827-29 Henry Laurens Pinckney 1829-30 James R. Pringle 1830-31 Henry Laurens Pinckney 1831-33 Edward W. North 1833-36

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1783 Sep 11: Richard Hutson, elected.
  • 1784 Sep 13: Richard Hutson, elected.
  • 1785 Sep 12: Arnoldus Van der Horst, elected.
  • 1786 Sep 11: John Grimké, elected.
  • 1787 Sep 10: John Grimké, elected.
  • 1788 Sep 7: John Grimké, elected.
  • 1788 Sep 15: John Grimké, resigned.
  • 1788 Sep 29: Rawlins Lowndes, elected.
  • 1790 Sep 13: Arnoldus Van der Horst, elected.
  • 1791 Sep 12: Arnoldus Van der Horst, elected.
  • 1792 Sep 10: John Huger, elected.
  • 1793 Sep 9: John Huger, elected.
  • 1794 Sep 22: John Bee Holmes, elected.
  • 1795 Sep 26: John Edwards, elected.
  • 1796 Sep 12: John Edwards, elected.
  • 1797 Sep 11: Henry W. de Saussure, elected.
  • 1798 Sep 10: Henry W. de Saussure, elected.
  • 1799 Sep 9: Thomas Roper, elected.
  • 1800 Sep 8: Thomas Roper, elected.
  • 1801 Sep 14: John Ward, elected.
  • 1802 Sep 13: David Deas, elected.
  • 1803 Sep 12: John Drayton, elected.


    Postmasters at Charleston, 1783-1981 (may be incomplete!)
    Thomas Hall 1783-91 Thomas Wright Bacot 1791-1834 Alfred Huger 1834-67 Stanley G. Trott 1867-73 Benjamin A. Boseman 1873-81 William N. Taft 1881-85 Benjamin F. Huger 1885-87 Albert H. Mowry 1887-98 George I. Cunningham 1898-1902 Wilmot L. Harris 1902-13 Carl G. Willard 1913 Joseph M. Poulnot 1913-21 Samuel E. Hendry 1921-22 Edward H. Jennings 1922-35 Philip M. Clement 1935-46 Henry H. Cochran 1946 Edmund P. Grice, Jr. 1946-47 Edmund P. Grice, Jr. 1947-60 Roland F. Wooten, Jr. 1960-61 Roland F. Wooten, Jr. 1961-68 James Gorman Thomas, Jr. 1968-70 James Gorman Thomas, Jr. 1970-81

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1887 Mar 25: Benjamin F. Huger, died in office.
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