The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Knoxville, Tennessee
including North Knoxville
Mayors, Postmasters

Mayors of Knoxville, 1815-2011 (may be incomplete!)
Thomas Emmerson 1815-17 James Park 1818-21 William C. Mynatt 1822-23 James Park 1824-26 William C. Mynatt 1827 Joseph C. Strong 1828-31 Donald McIntosh 1832-34 Solomon D. Jacobs 1834-35 Frederick S. Heiskell 1835 William C. Mynatt 1835-36 James King 1837-38 W. B. A. Ramsey 1838-39 Samuel Bell 1840-41 Gideon M. Hazen 1842 Matthew M. Gaines 1843 Samuel Bell 1844-45 Joseph L. King 1846 Samuel B. Boyd 1847-51 George M. White 1852-53 James C. Luttrell 1854 William G. Swan 1855-56 James H. Cowan 1856 Samuel A. White 1857 Thomas J. Powell 1857 James H. Cowan 1858 Joseph Jacques 1858 James M. White 1858 Charles J. McClung 1858 A. M. Piper 1858 James C. Luttrell 1859-67 Marcus D. Bearden 1868-69 John S. Van Gilder 1870-72 William Rule 1873 Peter Staub 1874-75 Daniel A. Carpenter 1876-77 Joseph Jacques 1878 Samuel B. Luttrell 1879 H. Bryan Branner 1880 Peter Staub 1881-82 Reuben S. Payne 1882 William C. Fulcher 1883-84 James C. Luttrell, Jr. 1885-87 Martin J. Condon 1888-89 Peter Kern 1890-91 M. E. Thompson 1892-95 Samuel G. Heiskell 1896-97 William Rule 1898-99 Samuel G. Heiskell 1900-01 Joseph T. McTeer 1902-03 John Paul Murphy 1904 William H. Gass 1904-05 Samuel G. Heiskell 1906-07 John M. Brooks 1908-09 Samuel G. Heiskell 1910-12 S. E. Hill 1912 Samuel G. Heiskell 1912-15 John E. McMillian 1916-19 Ernest W. Neal 1920-23 Ben A. Morton 1924-27 James A. Fowler 1928-29 James A. Trent 1930-31 John T. O'Connor 1932-35 James W. Elmore 1936-37 Walter W. Mynatt 1938-39 Fred L. Allen 1940-41 Fred R. Stair 1942-43 E. E. Patton 1944-45 Cas Walker 1946 Edward L. Chavannes 1946-47 James W. Elmore, Jr. 1948-51 George R. Dempster 1952-55 Jack W. Dance 1956-59 Cas Walker 1959 John J. Duncan 1959-64 Robert L. Crossley 1964 Leonard R. Rogers 1965-71 Kyle C. Testerman 1972-75 Randall Tyree 1976-83 Kyle C. Testerman 1984-87 Victor Ashe 1988-2003 Bill Haslam 2003-11

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1858 Apr 8: James M. White, resigned.
  • 1959 Apr 12: Jack W. Dance, died in office.

    Postmasters at Knoxville, 1794-1957 (may be incomplete!)
    George Roulston 1794-97 John Crozier 1797-1838 Lewis P. Roberts 1838-41 James W. Campbell 1841-45 Samuel W. Bell 1845-49 James C. Luttrell 1849-53 John E. Helms 1853-56 Felix W. Earnest 1856-57 George W. Harris 1857-59 Charles W. Charlton 1859-61 James C. Luttrell 1861-69 James Rodgers 1869-73 William Rule 1873-81 Oliver P. Temple 1881-85 James M. King 1885-89 John L. Hudiburg 1889-94 J. W. Gant 1894-98 William L. Trent 1898-1906 Monroe C. Monday 1906-10 James C. Ford 1910-11 Cary F. Spence 1911-14 William P. Chandler 1914-23 John J. Graham 1923 John J. Graham 1923-35 H. Woodruff Booth 1935-36 H. Woodruff Booth 1936-40 Albert Seaton Garrett 1940-41 Albert Seaton Garrett 1941-55 Charles Edwin Graves 1955-57 Charles Edwin Graves 1957

    North Knoxville
    (annexed to Knoxville 1897)

    Mayors of North Knoxville, 1889 (may be incomplete!)
    Louis A. Gratz as of 1889

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