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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. In 2012, the annual mayoral salary was $162,815.90.

Intendants and Mayors of Charleston, South Carolina

# Mayor Party Sworn In Left Office Comments
1 Richard Hutson 1783 1785
2 Arnoldus Vander Horst 1785 1786
3 John Faucheraud Grimké 1786 1788
4 Rawlins Lowndes 1788 1789
5 Thomas Jones 1789 1790
(2) Arnoldus Vander Horst 1790 1792
6 John Huger 1792 1794
7 John Bee Holmes 1794 1795
8 John Edwards 1795 1797
9 Henry William De Saussure Federalist 1797 1799 Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1791
Attorney, indigo planter and slave owner
10 Thomas Roper 1799 1801
11 John Ward 1801 1802
12 David Deas 1802 1803
13 John Drayton 1803 1804
14 Thomas Winstanley 1804 1805
15 Charles Cochran 1805 1806
16 John Dawson, Jr. 1806 1808
17 Benjamin Boyd 1808 1808
18 William Rouse 1808 1810
19 Thomas H. McCalla 1810 1812
20 Thomas Bennett, Jr. 1812 1813
21 Thomas Rhett Smith Federalist 1813 1815
22 Elias Horry 1815 1817
23 John Geddes Democratic-Republican 1817 1818 Once a Member of the South Carolina State Legislature
Governor of South Carolina from 1818 to 1820
24 Daniel Stevens 1819 1820
(22) Elias Horry 1820 1821
25 James Hamilton, Jr. Democratic-Republican 1821 1822 U.S. Representative from 1822 to 1829
Governor of South Carolina from 1830 to 1832
(23) John Geddes Democratic-Republican 1823 1824
26 Samuel Prioleau 1824 1825 Huguenot
27 Joseph Johnson 1825 1827
28 John Gadsden 1827 1829 Once a Member of the South Carolina State Legislature
29 Henry Laurens Pinckney Democrat (Nullifier) 1829 1830
30 James R. Pringle Democrat (Unionist) 1830 1831
(29) Henry Laurens Pinckney Democrat (Nullifier) 1831 1833
31 Edward W. North 1833 1836
32 Robert Young Hayne Democrat (Nullifier) 1836 1837 U.S. Senator from 1823 to 1832
Governor of South Carolina from 1832 to 1834
First Charleston's chief executive officer known as Mayor of Charleston
(29) Henry Laurens Pinckney Democrat (Nullifier) 1837 1840
33 Jacob F. Mintzing Democrat (Unionist) 1840 1842 Once a Member of the South Carolina State Legislature
34 John Schnierle Democrat 1842 1846 2nd German-American mayor
Attorney
Major General with the 16th Regiment of South Carolina Militia
35 Thomas Leger Hutchinson Democrat 1846 1850
(34) John Schnierle Democrat 1850 1852
(35) Thomas Leger Hutchinson Democrat 1852 1855
36 William Porcher Miles Democrat 1855 1857
37 Charles Macbeth Democrat 1857 1865
38 Peter Charles Gaillard Democrat 1865 1868 Huguenot
Gaillard was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Confederate Army.
He was removed from office by Federal authorities.
39 William Wallace Burns Military Appointment 1868 1868
40 Milton Cogswell Military Appointment 1868 1868
41 George Washington Clark Military Appointment 1868 1868
42 Gilbert Pillsbury Republican 1868 1871 Pillsbury was Charleston's Reconstruction mayor.
He made career with the Freedmen's Bureau.
43 Johann Andreas Wagener Democrat 1871 1873 German-American and Lutheran mayor
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 1873 1877
45 William W. Sale Democrat 1877 1879
46 William Ashmead Courtenay Democrat 1879 1887
47 George D. Bryan Democrat 1887 1891
48 John F. Ficken Democrat 1891 1895
49 James Adger Smyth Democrat 1895 1903
50 R. Goodwyn Rhett Democrat 1903 1911
51 John P. Grace Democrat 1911 1915 1st Irish-American and Catholic mayor
The John P. Grace Memorial Bridge was named to honor him.
52 Tristram T. Hyde Democrat 1915 1919
(51) John P. Grace Democrat 1919 1923
53 Thomas Porcher Stoney Democrat 1923 1931
54 Burnett Rhett Maybank Democrat 1931 1938 Governor of South Carolina from 1939 to 1941
U.S. Senator from 1941 to 1954
55 Henry Whilden Lockwood Democrat 1938 1944
56 E. Edward Wehman, Jr. Democrat 1944 1947
57 William McG. Morrison Democrat 1947 1959
58 J. Palmer Gaillard, Jr. Democrat 1959 1975
59 Arthur B. Schirmer, Jr. Democrat 1975 1975
60 Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Democrat 1975 2016
61 John Tecklenburg Democrat 2016 present
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