List of mayors of Cincinnati

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Mayor of Cincinnati
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John Cranley
John Cranley

since December 1, 2013
StyleThe Honorable
Term lengthFour years; may serve two consecutive terms; renewable once
Inaugural holderDavid Ziegler
SuccessionVice Mayor of Cincinnati
WebsiteOffice of the Mayor
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Mayor of Cincinnati
Seal of the City of Cincinnati (Ohio).png
Seal of the City of Cincinnati
John Cranley
John Cranley

since December 1, 2013
StyleThe Honorable
Term lengthFour years; may serve two consecutive terms; renewable once
Inaugural holderDavid Ziegler
SuccessionVice Mayor of Cincinnati
WebsiteOffice of the Mayor

Executive Powers[edit]

The mayor shall preside over all meetings of the Cincinnati City Council. The mayor may call a special meeting of the council, but (s)he may not have a vote in the council. (S)he has the power to propose legislation for debate among the council. The mayor shall appoint and may remove the vice-mayor and the chair of all committees of the council without the advice and consent of the council.

The mayor of Cincinnati shall be recognized as the official head and representative of the city for all purposes, except as provided otherwise in the city charter of Cincinnati. (S)he may appoint a city manager upon an affirmative vote of five members of the city council following the mayor's recommendation.

The mayor shall deliver an annual address to the council and citizens of the city reporting on the state of the city and making recommendations for the establishment and achievement of future city goals.

In time of public danger or emergency, the mayor, with the consent of the council, may take command of the police, maintain order and enforce the law.


In the event of the death, removal or resignation of the mayor, the Vice Mayor of Cincinnati shall succeed to the office of mayor in accordance with the city charter.


Until the charter of 1815, the President of the council served as equivalent of mayor. Two sources agree on the list of Presidents:[1][2]

Prior to 1925 (and since 1999) the mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio was elected in a separate, partisan election.

In 1924, the Charter Party, a local third-party, was founded. It has elected members of the city council and mayors. Until 1961, many Democrats ran as Charterites. The party focuses exclusively on local government; thus, many Charterites switch to a major party when seeking office outside Cincinnati.

From 1925 through 1998, the mayor was chosen by the city council from among its nine members.

In 1971, a coalition of two parties, the Democrats and the Charterites, worked out a power-sharing plan, which, starting in 1973, resulted in a rotating mayorship. After a few years of rotation, they decided that the city council member who received the most votes in the election would automatically become mayor.

In 1999, Charlie Luken became the first mayor to take office under a restored system of direct mayoral election.

Mayor Firsts[edit]

On November 4, 2013, John Cranley became the youngest mayor of Cincinnati at the age of 39 years old.

Dorothy N. Dolbey was the first female mayor of the City of Cincinnati.

lists of mayors[edit]

DatesNameLife DatesPartyElected By
1802–1803David Ziegler1748–1811 public
1803–1804Joseph Prince  public
1805–1806James Findlay1770–1835 public
1807John S. Gano  public
1807Martin Baum1765–1831 public
1808–1809Daniel Symmes1772–1827 public
1810–1811James Findlay1770–1835 public
1812Martin Baum1765–1831 public
1813William Stanley  public
1814Samuel W. Davies1776–1843 public
1815–1819William Corry1779–1833 public
1819–1831Isaac G. Burnet1784–1856 public
1831–1833Elisha Hotchkiss1778–1858 public
1833–1843Samuel W. Davies1776–1843 public
1843–1851Henry E. Spencer1807–1882 public
1851–1853Mark P. Taylor Democraticpublic
1853–1855David T. Snelbaker1804–1867Democraticpublic
1855–1857James J. Faran1808–1892Democraticpublic
1857–1859Nicholas W. Thomas1810–1864Whigpublic
1859–1861Richard M. Bishop1812–1893Democraticpublic
1861–1863George Hatch Democraticpublic
1863–1866Leonard A. Harris1824–1890 public
1866–1869Charles F. Wilstach1818–1882 public
1869–1871John F. Torrence1819–1883 public
1871–1873S. S. Davis1817–1896Republicanpublic
1873–1877George W. C. Johnston1828–1879Democraticpublic
1877–1879Robert M. Moore1816–1880Republicanpublic
1879–1881Charles Jacob Jr.1834–1913 public
1881–1883William F. Means Democraticpublic
1883–1885Thomas J. Stephens1823–1892Democraticpublic
1885–1889Amor Smith Jr.1840–1915Republicanpublic
1889–1894John B. Mosby1845–1928Republicanpublic
1894–1897John A. Caldwell1852–1927Republicanpublic
1897–1900Gustav Tafel1830–1908Democraticpublic
1900–1905Julius Fleischmann1871–1925Republicanpublic
1906–1907Edward J. Dempsey1858–1929Democraticpublic
1908–1909Leopold Markbreit1842–1909Republicanpublic
1909John Galvin1862–1922Republicanpublic
1910–1911Louis Schwab1850–1926Republicanpublic
1912–1913Henry Thomas Hunt1879–1956Democraticpublic
1914–1915Frederick S. Spiegel1855–1925Republicanpublic
1916–1917George Puchta1860–1937Republicanpublic
1918–1921John Galvin (2nd)1862–1922Republicanpublic
1922–1925George Carrel1865–1949 public
1926–1929Murray Seasongood1878–1983Charteritecouncil
1930–1937Russell Wilson1876–1946 council
1938–1947James G. Stewart1880–1959Republicancouncil
1947-1948Carl W. Rich1898–1972Republicancouncil
1948–1951Albert D. Cash1897–1952Charterite
1951–1953Carl W. Rich (2nd)1898–1972Republicancouncil
1953–1954Edward N. Waldvogel1894–1954 council
1954Dorothy N. Dolbey1908–1991 council
1954Carl W. Rich (3rd)1898–1972Republicancouncil
1955–1957Charles Phelps Taft II1897–1983Charterite
1957–1960Donald D. Clancy1921–2007Republicancouncil
1960–1967Walton H. Bachrach1904–1989Republicancouncil
1967–1971Eugene P. Ruehlmann1925–2013Republicancouncil
1971Willis D. Gradison Jr.1928–Republicancouncil
1971–1972Thomas A. Luken1925–Democraticcouncil
1972–1975Theodore M. Berry1905–2000Charteritecouncil
1975–1976Bobbie L. Sterne Charteritecouncil
1976–1977James T. Luken1921–1979Democraticcouncil
1977–1978Jerry Springer1944–Democraticcouncil
1978–1979Bobbie L. Sterne (2nd) Charteritecouncil
1979–1980J. Kenneth Blackwell1948–Charterite
1980–1982David S. Mann1939–Democraticcouncil
1982–1983Thomas B. Brush1934-Charteritecouncil
1983–1984Arnold L. Bortz Charteritecouncil
1984–1991Charles J. Luken1951–Democraticcouncil
1991David S. Mann (2nd)1939–Democraticcouncil
1991–1993Dwight Tillery1948–Democraticcouncil
1993–1999Roxanne Qualls1953–Democraticcouncil
1999–2005Charles J. Luken (2nd)1951–Democraticpublic
2006–2013Mark Mallory1962–Democraticpublic
2013-John Cranley1974–Democraticpublic

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Greve, Charles Theodore (1904). Centennial history of Cincinnati and representative citizens 1. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company. p. 438. 
  2. ^ Goss, Charles Fredric (1912). Cincinnati, the Queen City, 1788–1912 1. Cincinnati: S J Clarke Publishing Company. p. 96.