List of mayors of Charleston, South Carolina

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The Mayor is the highest elected official in Charleston, South Carolina. Since the city's incorporation in 1783, Charleston's chief executive officer has been elected directly by qualified voters, except for the years 1867–1868, when mayors were appointed by Federal officials. The position was known as intendant until 1836, and has been known as "mayor" since that time. [1] In 2012, the annual mayoral salary was $162,815.90. [2]

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Intendants and Mayors of Charleston, South Carolina

#MayorPartySworn inLeft officeComments
1 Richard Hutson 17831785
2 Arnoldus Vanderhorst 17851786
3 John Faucheraud Grimké 17861788 [3]
4 Rawlins Lowndes 1788 [4] 1789
5 Thomas Jones 17891790
(2) Arnoldus Vanderhorst 17901792
6 John Huger 17921794
7 John Bee Holmes 17941795
8 John Edwards 17951797
9 Henry William de Saussure Federalist 17971799Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1791
Attorney, indigo planter and slave owner [5]
10 Thomas Roper 17991801
11 John Ward 18011802
12 David Deas 18021803
13 John Drayton Democratic-Republican 18031804
14 Thomas Winstanley 18041805
15 Charles Cochran 18051806
16 John Dawson Jr. 18061808 [6]
17 Benjamin Boyd 1808 [7] 1808
18 William Rouse 18081810
19 Thomas H. McCalla 18101812
20 Thomas Bennett Jr. Democratic-Republican 18121813
21 Thomas Rhett Smith Federalist 18131815 [8]
22 Elias Horry 18151817
23 John Geddes Democratic-Republican 18171818 [9] Once a Member of the South Carolina State Legislature
Governor of South Carolina from 1818 to 1820
24 Daniel Stevens 1819 [10] 1820
(22) Elias Horry 18201821
25 James Hamilton Jr. Democratic-Republican 18211822 [11] U.S. Representative from 1822 to 1829
Governor of South Carolina from 1830 to 1832
(23) John Geddes Democratic-Republican 1823 [12] 1824
26 Samuel Prioleau Federalist 18241825
27 Joseph Johnson Whig 18251827
28 John Gadsden 18271829Once a Member of the South Carolina State Legislature
29 Henry L. Pinckney Democrat (Nullifier) 18291830
30 James R. Pringle Democrat (Unionist) 18301831
(29) Henry L. Pinckney Democrat (Nullifier) 18311833
31 Edward W. North 18331836
32 Robert Young Hayne Democrat (Nullifier)18361837 U.S. Senator from 1823 to 1832
Governor of South Carolina from 1832 to 1834
First chief executive officer of Charleston known as Mayor of Charleston
(29) Henry L. Pinckney Democrat (Nullifier)18371840
33 Jacob F. Mintzing Democrat (Unionist) 18401842 [13] Once a Member of the South Carolina State Legislature
34 John Schnierle Democrat 1842 [14] 18462nd German-American mayor
Attorney
Major General with the 16th Regiment of South Carolina Militia
35 Thomas Leger Hutchinson Democrat 18461850
(34) John Schnierle Democrat 18501852
(35) Thomas Leger Hutchinson Democrat 18521855
36 William Porcher Miles Democrat 18551857
37 Charles Macbeth Democrat 18571865 [15]
38 Peter Charles Gaillard Democrat 18651868
Gaillard was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Confederate Army.
He was removed from office by Federal authorities.
39 William Wallace Burns Military appointment18681868
40 Milton Cogswell Military appointment18681868
41 George Washington Clark Military appointment18681868
42 Gilbert Pillsbury Republican 18681871Pillsbury was Charleston's Reconstruction mayor.
He made career with the Freedmen's Bureau.
43 Johann Andreas Wagener Democrat 18711873 German-American and Lutheran mayor [16]
Wagener had been a Confederate General. He founded St. Matthew's German Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1840 and is buried in its Bethany Cemetery.
44 George I. Cunningham Republican 18731877
45 William W. Sale Democrat 18771879
46 William Ashmead Courtenay Democrat 18791887
47 George D. Bryan Democrat 18871891
48 John F. Ficken Democrat 18911895
49 James Adger Smyth Democrat 18951903
50 R. Goodwyn Rhett Democrat 19031911
51 John P. Grace Democrat 191119151st Irish-American and Catholic mayor
The John P. Grace Memorial Bridge was named to honor him.
52 Tristram T. Hyde Democrat 19151919
(51) John P. Grace Democrat 19191923
53 Thomas Porcher Stoney Democrat 19231931
54 Burnett Rhett Maybank Democrat 19311938 [17] Governor of South Carolina from 1939 to 1941
U.S. Senator from 1941 to 1954
55 Henry Whilden Lockwood Democrat 1938 [18] 1944 [19]
56 E. Edward Wehman Jr. Democrat 1944 [20] 1947
57 William McG. Morrison Democrat 19471959
58 J. Palmer Gaillard Jr. Democrat 19591975
59 Arthur B. Schirmer Jr. Democrat 1975 [21] 1975
60 Joseph P. Riley Jr. Democrat 19752016Riley was the city's longest serving executive and second Irish Catholic mayor.
61 John Tecklenburg Democrat 2016present

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Footnotes

  1. Charleston's Intendants and Mayors Archived December 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine .
  2. "2012 Budget Salaries - City of Charleston" (PDF). City of Charleston. January 1, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 15, 2012. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  3. Grimké resigned on September 15, 1788.
  4. Rawlins Lowndes succeeded Grimké on September 29, 1788, and served the remainder of his term, which expired in 1789.
  5. DeSaussure and Ford: A Charleston Law Firm of the 1790s, Sally Hadden, Florida State University
  6. Dawson resigned in July 1808.
  7. Benjamin Boyd succeeded Dawson on July 22, 1808, and served the remainder of his term, which expired in the same year.
  8. Smith resigned in March 1815. Elias Horry succeeded him on March 30 of the same year.
  9. Geddes resigned in December 1818.
  10. Stevens succeeded Geddes on January 11, 1819, and served the remainder of his term, which expired in the same year.
  11. Hamilton resigned in December 1822.
  12. John Geddes succeeded Hamilton on January 6, 1823, and served the remainder of his term, which expired in the same year.
  13. Mintzing died in office on March 15, 1842.
  14. John Schnierle succeeded Mintzing on April 4, 1842, and served the remainder of his term, which expired in the same year.
  15. On February 18, 1865, Mayor Charles MacBeth surrendered Charleston to Lieutenant Colonel A.G. Bennett of the 21st US Colored Troops.
  16. "A Brief History, Pastor Cam Keyser, St Matthews Lutheran Church, Charleston, SC, June 5, 2007". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2007.
  17. Maybank resigned on December 27, 1938.
  18. Henry Whilden Lockwood succeeded Maybank on December 27, 1938, and served the remainder of his term, which expired in 1939.
  19. Lockwood died in office on June 5, 1944.
  20. E. Edward Wehman Jr. was appointed by the City Council to succeed Lockwood in 1944 and served the remainder of his term, which expired in 1947.
  21. Arthur B. Schirmer Jr. succeeded Gaillard on August 19, 1975, and served the remainder of his term, which expired in the same year.

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