List of mayors of Charleston, South Carolina facts for kids
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|
|2||Arnoldus Vander Horst||1785||1786|
|3||John Faucheraud Grimké||1786||1788|
|(2)||Arnoldus Vander Horst||1790||1792|
|7||John Bee Holmes||1794||1795|
|9||Henry William De Saussure||Federalist||1797||1799||Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1791
Attorney, indigo planter and slave owner
|16||John Dawson, Jr.||1806||1808|
|19||Thomas H. McCalla||1810||1812|
|20||Thomas Bennett, Jr.||1812||1813|
|21||Thomas Rhett Smith||Federalist||1813||1815|
|23||John Geddes||Democratic-Republican||1817||1818||Once a Member of the South Carolina State Legislature
Governor of South Carolina from 1818 to 1820
|25||James Hamilton, Jr.||Democratic-Republican||1821||1822||U.S. Representative from 1822 to 1829
Governor of South Carolina from 1830 to 1832
|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
Major General with the 16th Regiment of South Carolina Militia
|35||Thomas Leger Hutchinson||Democrat||1846||1850|
|(35)||Thomas Leger Hutchinson||Democrat||1852||1855|
|36||William Porcher Miles||Democrat||1855||1857|
|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|
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