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List of mayors of Portland, Oregon

Gallery of the mayors of Portland

This is a list of mayors of the city of Portland, Oregon. Under Portland's system of government, members of the City Council (known as Commissioners) have many duties that are generally the domain of a mayor.

The current term for mayor of Portland is four years. Mayoral elections are held in May of US presidential election years (years divisible by four), during the Oregon primary election, with a runoff between the top two vote-getters held in November of the same year should no candidate garner a majority vote in the May election. The mayor-elect takes office the following January.

ListEdit

# Image Name
(Birth–Death)
Term start and end
1   Hugh O'Bryant
(1813–1883)
1851–1852[1][2]
2   A. C. Bonnell
(1801–1875)
April 1852 – November 1852
3   Simon B. Marye
(c. 1810–1868)
November 1852 – April 1853
4   Josiah Failing
(1806–1877)
1853–1854
5   William S. Ladd
(1826–1893)
1854–1855
6   George W. Vaughn
(1809–1877)
1855–1856
7   James O'Neill
(1824–1913)
1856–1857
8   William S. Ladd
(1826–1893)
1857–1858
9   A. M. Starr
(c. 1820–1891)
1858–1859
10   S. J. McCormick
(1828–1891)
1859–1860
11   G. Collier Robbins
(1823–19??)
1860–1861
12   John M. Breck
(1828–1900)
1861–1862
13   William H. Farrar
(1826–1873)
1862–1863
14   David Logan
(1824–1874)
1863–1864
15   Henry Failing
(1834–1898)
1864 – November 16, 1866[3]
16   Thomas J. Holmes
(1819–1867)
1866–1867
17   J. A. Chapman
(1821–1885)
1867–1868
18   Hamilton Boyd
1868–1869
19   Bernard Goldsmith
(1832–1901)
1869–1871
20   Philip Wasserman
(1828–1895)
1871–1873
21   Henry Failing
(1834–1898)
1873–1875
22   J. A. Chapman
(1821–1885)
1875–1877
23   William Spencer Newbury
(1834–1915)
1877–1879
24   David P. Thompson
(1834–1901)
1879–1882
25   J. A. Chapman
(1821–1885)
1882–1885
26   John Gates
(1827–1888)
1885 – April 27, 1888
(died in office)[4]
27   Van B. DeLashmutt
(1842–1921)
May 2, 1888[5] – 1891
28   William S. Mason
(1832–1899)
1891–1894
29   George P. Frank
(1852–1896)
1894–1896
30   Sylvester Pennoyer
(1831–1902)
1896–1898
31   William S. Mason
(1832–1899)
July 1, 1898[6] – March 27, 1899
(died in office)[7]
32   W. A. Storey
(1854–1917)
May 17, 1899[8] –1900
33   Henry S. Rowe
(1851–1914)
1900–1902
34   George Henry Williams
(1823–1910)
1902–1905
35   Harry Lane
(1855–1917)
1905–1909
36   Joseph Simon
(1851–1935)
1909–1911
37   Allen G. Rushlight
(1874–1930)
1911–1913
38   H. Russell Albee
(1867–1950)
June 1913 – July 1917[9]
39   George L. Baker
(1868–1941)
July 1917 – July 1933[9]
40   Joseph K. Carson
(1891–1956)
July 1933 – December 1940[9]
41   Earl Riley
(1890–1965)
January 1941 – December 1948[9]
42   Dorothy McCullough Lee
(1901–1981)
January 1949 – December 1952[9]
43   Fred L. Peterson
(1896–1985)
January 1953 – December 1956
44   Terry Schrunk
(1913–1975)
January 1957 – December 1972[9]
45   Neil Goldschmidt
(born 1940)
January 1973 – August 15, 1979[9][10]
46 Connie McCready
(1921–2000)
September 5, 1979[9][11] – November 23, 1980[9]
47   Frank Ivancie
(1924–2019)
November 24, 1980[9][12] – January 2, 1985[13]
48   Bud Clark
(born 1931)
January 1985 – December 1992[9]
49   Vera Katz
(1933–2017)
January 1993 – December 2004[9]
50   Tom Potter
(born 1940)
January 2005 – December 31, 2008[9]
51   Sam Adams
(born 1963)
January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2012[9]
52   Charlie Hales
(born 1956)
January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2016
53   Ted Wheeler
(born 1962)
January 1, 2017 – present

Note: The color shown in the number (#) column denotes political party (red for Republican, blue for Democratic, teal for the People's Party (or Populist), gray for Independent, and none for unknown), but Mayor of Portland is a nonpartisan office.

The City of Portland mayor's office, in the City Hall, contains a collection of mounted portraits of all the mayors to date. As of November 2014 only two mayors are missing from the collection; William H. Farrar (1862–1863), and Hamilton Boyd (1868–1869).

Living former mayorsEdit

As of 2019, there are 5 living former mayors. The most recent mayor to die was Frank Ivancie, on May 2, 2019.

Mayor Term Date of birth
Neil Goldschmidt 1973–1979 (1940-06-16) June 16, 1940 (age 79)
Bud Clark 1985–1992 (1931-12-19) December 19, 1931 (age 87)
Tom Potter 2005–2008 (1940-09-12) September 12, 1940 (age 79)
Sam Adams 2009–2012 (1963-12-03) December 3, 1963 (age 55)
Charlie Hales 2013–2016 (1956-01-22) January 22, 1956 (age 63)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lansing, Jewel. (2003). Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851–2001, p. 26–49.
  2. ^ Office of Auditor Mary Hull Caballero. "Mayors of Portland, Oregon". Portland Auditor's Office. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Chet Orloff. "List of mayors of Portland, Oregon". The Oregon Encyclopedia.
  4. ^ "Death of Mayor Gates". The Morning Oregonian. April 28, 1888. p. 8.
  5. ^ "Mayor Van B. De Lashmutt; The Council Chooses a Head to the City Government". The Morning Oregonian. May 3, 1888. p. 8.
  6. ^ "Mason at the Helm". The Morning Oregonian, July 2, 1898, p. 8.
  7. ^ "William A. Storey Dies; Life in Portland For Many Years Was Prominent". The Morning Oregonian. July 31, 1917. p. 11.
  8. ^ "Took Oath of Office: Auditor Gambell Declined, So Storey Went Before a Notary". The Morning Oregonian. May 18, 1899. p. 12.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "City Elected Officials Since 1913". Office of Auditor Mary Hull Caballero. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  10. ^ Jennings, Steve (August 23, 1979). "Schwab says Portland needs 'budgetary diet'". The Oregonian. p. C1.
  11. ^ Jenning, Steve (September 6, 1979). "Mayor McCready takes office". The Oregonian. p. 1.
  12. ^ Williams, Linda (November 25, 1980). "Beaming Ivancie sworn in as Portland mayor". The Oregonian. p. 1.
  13. ^ Painter Jr., John (January 3, 1985). "Mayor Clark takes oath; new era begins". The Oregonian. p. 1.

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