List of mayors of Cincinnati

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This is a list of mayors of Cincinnati.


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.

Mayors of Cincinnati[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
1947Carl 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 CranleyDemocraticpublic

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.