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Mayors and Postmasters of Abilene, Texas

Mayors of Abilene, 1883-2016 (may be incomplete!)
Dan B. Corley 1883-85 G. A. Kirkland 1885-86 D. W. Wristen 1886-92 Porter 1892-93 D. W. Wristen 1893-97 A. M. Robertson 1897-99 John Bowyers 1899-1901 F. C. Digby-Roberts 1901-04 R. W. Ellis 1904-05 Morgan Weaver 1905-09 E. N. Kirby 1909-19 Dallas Scarborough 1919-23 C. M. Coombs 1923-27 Thomas E. Hayden, Jr. 1927-31 Lee R. York 1931-33 C. L. Johnson 1933-36 W. E. Beasley 1936-37 Will Hair 1937-47 B. R. Blankenship 1947-49 Hudson Smart 1949-51 Ernest Grissom 1951-53 C. E. Gatlin 1953-57 Jesse F. Winters 1957-59 George L. Minter, Jr. 1959-61 C. R. Kinard 1961-63 W. Lee Byrd 1963-66 Ralph Hooks 1966-69 J. C. Hunter, Jr. 1969-75 Fred Lee Hughes 1975-78 Oliver Howard 1978-81 Elbert E. Hall 1981-84 David Stubbeman 1984-87 Dale Ferguson 1987-90 Gary D. McCaleb 1990-99 Grady Barr 1999-2004 Norm Archibald 2004-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1951 Apr 3: Ernest Grissom, elected; John W. Burks, defeated.
  • 2004: Norm Archibald, elected.
  • 2005: Norm Archibald, elected.
  • 2008: Norm Archibald, elected.
  • 2011 May 14: Norm Archibald, elected; Patricia Hippely, defeated.
  • 2014 May 10: Norm Archibald, elected; Robert O. Briley, defeated.

    Postmasters at Abilene, 1881-1978 (may be incomplete!)
    Henry Montgomery 1881-82 William Reinhard 1882-84 Thomas Davies 1884 Henry H. Harden 1884-89 Mary W. Morrow 1889-1910 Turner S. Rollins 1910-14 Robert E. Rankin 1914-23 Lindsey C. Payton 1923-27 Lindsey C. Payton 1927-36 Oliver A. Hale 1936 Oliver A. Hale 1936-51 Clyde E. Grant 1951 Clyde E. Grant 1951-78

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