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Encyclopedia > List of mayors of Jacksonville, Florida

The designation for the chief executive for the city of Jacksonville is mayor. The first mayor was elected in 1832. A new city charter in 1841 changed the titled to "Intendant" until 1859 when it was changed back to mayor. The information on mayors of Jacksonville from 1832 to 1848 is limited, mostly due to the Great Fire of 1901 destroying some of the records. Most of the information available today was taken from newspapers published during this period.


There was no election for mayor in 1840, nor during the Civil War in 1862, 1863, and 1864. In the period immediately following the Civil War, the mayors of Jacksonville had no real power, with the city being administered by the US Military.


On May 31, 1887, the city instituted a new charter, annexing the cities of LaVilla and Fairfield and most of the Springfield community into the city. The term of office for the mayor was also increased from one year to two year. The currently serving mayor, J.Q. Burbridge, had been elected on April 8, but the new charter call for a new election had to be held. On December 13, 1887 another election was help and C.B. Smith, a Republican, was elected mayor with a large number of African Americans voting for Smith. In an effort to stop, what was viewed by some as, outside interfernce and to prevent the African American citizen participation in local affairs, the Democratic Party members of the city, with the cooperation with some Republicans, petitioned the Florida State Legislature to change the city charter. The result was that direct election of mayors in the city was abolished from 1889 until 1893. Mayors during this period were elected by the city council, who were appointed by the Governor of Florida.


On October 1, 1968 the Duval County and City of Jacksonville governments were merged into one, a measure called "consolidation". Mayor Hans Tanzler had just taken office on June 23, 1967, however, consolidation meant that he would have to run again for the office of mayor for the newly consolidated city government. Hans Tanzler was re-elected and took office on March 1, 1968.

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Mayors of Jacksonville, Florida

The following is a list of mayors of Jacksonville, Florida:


Pre-Civil War mayors

# Name Took Office Left Office
1 William J. Mills 1832 1835
2 Unknown 1835 1838
3 Stephen Eddy 1839 1840
4 None 1840 1841

Intendant Period

# Name Took Office Left Office
1 Unknown 1841 1844
2 Obediah Congar 1844 1845
3 Unknown 1845 1846
4 Joseph B. Lancaster 1846 1847
5 Oliver Wood 1847 1848
6 Unknown 1848 1849
7 Rodney Dorman 1849 1850
8 J. McRobert Baker 1850 1851
9 Rodney Dorman 1851 1852
10 Henry D. Holland 1852 1853
11 Isaac Swart 1853 1854
12 F. C. Barrett 1854 1855
13 Philip Frazer 1855 1856
14 F. I. Wheaton 1856 1857
15 George C. Gibbs 1856 1857
16 John S. Murdock 1858 1859

Pre-Civil War Mayors Revived

# Name Took Office Left Office
1 Holmes Steele 1859 1860
2 Halstead H. Hoeg 1861 1862


There were no elections held in 1862, 1863, & 1864


Pre-consolidation mayors

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1 Halstead H. Hoeg 1865 1866 Democrat
2 Holmes Steele 1866 1867 Democrat
3 John Clark 1867 1868 Democrat
4 Edward Hopkins 1868 1870 Democrat
5 Peter Jones 1870 1873 Republican
6 J.C. Greeley 1873 1874 Republican
7 Peter Jones 1874 1876 Republican
8 Luther McConihe 1876 1877 Democrat
9 W. Stokes Boyd 1877 1878 Democrat
10 Luther McConihe 1878 1879 Democrat
11 Peter Jones 1879 1880 Republican
12 J. Ramsey Dey 1880 1881 Republican
13 Morris A. Dzialynski 1881 1883 Democrat
14 W. McClaws Dancy 1883 1885 Democrat
15 M.C. Rice 1885 1886 Democrat
16 Patrick McQuaid 1886 1887 Democrat
17 J.Q. Burbridge 1887 1887 Democrat
18 C.B. Smith 1887 1888 Republican
19 Patrick McQuaid 1888 1891 Democrat
20 Henry Robinson 1891 1893 Democrat
21 Duncan U. Fletcher 1893 1895 Democrat
22 William M. Bostwick 1895 1897 Democrat
23 William D. Knight 1897 1899 Democrat
24 J.E.T. Bowden 1899 1901 Democrat
25 Duncan U. Fletcher 1901 1903 Democrat
26 George M. Nolan 1903 1906 Democrat
27 William H. Baker 1906 1907 Democrat
28 William H. Sebring 1907 1909 Democrat
29 William S. Jordan 1909 1913 Democrat
30 Van C. Swearingen 1913 1915 Democrat
31 J.E.T. Bowden 1915 1917 Democrat
32 John W. Martin 1917 1923 Democrat
32 John T. Alsop, Jr. 1923 1937 Democrat
32 George C. Blume 1937 1941 Democrat
33 John T. Alsop, Jr. 1941 1945 Democrat
34 Frank Whitehead 1945 1949 Democrat
35 W. Haydon Burns 1949 1965 Democrat
36 Lou Ritter 1965 1967 Democrat
37 Hans Tanzler 1967 1968 Democrat

Consolidated city mayors

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1 Hans Tanzler 1968 1979 Democrat
2 Jake Godbold 1979 1987 Democrat
3 Tommy Hazouri 1987 1991 Democrat
4 Ed Austin, Jr. 1991 1995 Democrat
5 John A. Delaney 1995 2003 Republican
6 John Peyton 2003 Current Republican

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