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List of mayors of Buffalo, New York

Mayor of the City of Buffalo
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Incumbent
Byron Brown

since December 31, 2005
StyleHonorable, Mr. Mayor
Term lengthFour years; renewable
Inaugural holderEbenezer Johnson
Formation1832
Salary$104,598
Website[1]

List of mayorsEdit

# Name Picture Party Took office Left office Notes
1 Ebenezer Johnson   Democratic-Republican May 1832 March 1833 1st Term. Served as a doctor during the War of 1812[1]
2 Major Andre Andrews   1833 1834 Founding member of the first Bank of Buffalo[1]
3 Ebenezer Johnson   Democratic-Republican 1834 1835 2nd Term
4 Hiram Pratt   Whig 1835 1836 1st Term
5 Samuel Wilkeson 1836 1837
6 Josiah Trowbridge Whig March 14, 1837 December 21, 1837
7 Pierre A. Barker 1837 1838
8 Ebenezer Walden   Whig March 13, 1838 1839
9 Hiram Pratt   Whig 1839 1840 2nd Term
10 Sheldon Thompson   Whig 1840 March 2, 1841
11 Isaac R. Harrington   Whig March 2, 1841 March 8, 1842
12 George William Clinton   1842 1843 Served as the 7th United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York
13 Joseph G. Masten   Democratic 1843 1844 1st Term
14 William Ketchum Whig 1844 1845
15 Joseph G. Masten   Democratic 1845 1846 2nd Term
16 Solomon G. Haven   Whig 1846 1847
17 Elbridge G. Spaulding   Whig 1847 1848 Served as New York State Treasurer from 1854–1855 and was twice elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
18 Orlando Allen Whig 1848 1849
19 Hiram Barton   Whig 1849 1850 3rd Term
20 Henry K. Smith   Democratic 1850 1851
21 James Wadsworth Democratic March 4, 1851 March 9, 1852
22 Hiram Barton   Whig 1852 1853 4th Term
23 Eli Cook Democratic 1853 1855
24 Frederick P. Stevens Democratic 1856 1857
25 Timothy T. Lockwood   Democratic 1858 1859
26 Franklin A. Alberger   Republican 1860 1861
27 William G. Fargo   Democratic 1862 1865 Co-founded the modern day financial firms of American Express and Wells Fargo[2]
28 Chandler J. Wells   Republican 1866 1867
29 William F. Rogers   Democratic 1868 1869
30 Alexander Brush   Republican 1870 1873 1st Term
31 Lewis P. Dayton   Democratic 1874 1875
32 Philip Becker   Republican 1876 1877
33 Solomon Scheu   Democratic 1878 1879
34 Alexander Brush   Republican 1880 1881 2nd Term
35 Grover Cleveland   Democratic January 2, 1882 November 20, 1882 Elected 22nd & 24th President of the United States
36 Marcus M. Drake   Republican November 20, 1882 December 29, 1882
37 Harmon S. Cutting Democratic December 29, 1882 January 16, 1883
38 John B. Manning   Democratic January 16, 1883 1884
39 Jonathan Scoville   Democratic 1884 1885
40 Philip Becker   Republican 1886 1889
41 Charles F. Bishop   Democratic 1890 1894
42 Edgar B. Jewett   Republican 1895 1897
43 Conrad Diehl   Democratic 1898 1901
44 Erastus C. Knight   Republican 1902 1905
45 James N. Adam   Democratic 1906 1909
46 Louis P. Fuhrmann   Democratic 1910 1917
47 George S. Buck   Republican 1918 1921
48 Frank X. Schwab   Republican 1922 1929
49 Charles E. Roesch   Republican 1930 1933
50 George J. Zimmermann Democratic 1934 1937
51 Thomas L. Holling Democratic 1938 1941
52 Joseph J. Kelly   Democratic 1942 1945
53 Bernard J. Dowd Republican 1946 1949
54 Joseph Mruk   Republican January 1, 1950 December 31, 1953
55 Steven Pankow Democratic 1954 1957
56 Frank A. Sedita   Democratic January 1, 1958 December 31, 1961 1st Term
57 Chester A. Kowal   Republican January 1, 1962 December 31, 1965
58 Frank A. Sedita   Democratic January 1, 1966 March 5, 1973 2nd Term
59 Stanley M. Makowski   Democratic 1973 1977
60 James D. Griffin Democratic January 1, 1978 January 1, 1994
61 Anthony Masiello Democratic January 1, 1994 January 1, 2006
62 Byron Brown   Democratic January 1, 2006 Present

Number of mayors by party affiliationEdit

Party Mayors
Democratic 29
Democratic-Republican 2
Republican 15
Whig 12
No Party 4

HistoryEdit

In 1853, the charter of the city was amended to include the town of Black Rock and the city proper was divided into thirteen wards. In addition, the term of city offices, including mayor changed from a one year term to a two year term and was elected directly by the people.[3]

Mayoral ElectionsEdit

(winners are in bold)

Date Candidates  
November 8, 1881 John B. Manning Robert R. Hefford
  11,036 7,321
January 9, 1883 Grover Cleveland Milton Beebe
  15,120 11,528
November 6, 1973 Stanley M. Makowski Stewart M. Levy John A. Westra Patrick W. Giagnacova Ira Liebowitz
  77,569 24,423 2,640 1,147 597
November 2, 1993 Anthony Masiello Richard A. Grimm Eugene Fahey
  36,092 9,277 7,566
November 8, 2005 Byron Brown Kevin Helfer
 

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Dr. Ebenezer Johnson". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27.
  2. ^ Grossman, Peter Z. (1987). American Express: The Unofficial History of the People Who Built the Great Financial Empire. New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 1-58798-283-8.
  3. ^ Fargo, Francis F. (1876). Memorial of the City and County Hall Opening Ceremonies. Buffalo, N.Y.: Courier Company, printers. p. 142. Retrieved 16 August 2016.