United States elections: A Historical look back on a few mayoral elections

United States elections: A Historical look back on a few mayoral elections

Dilemma X takes this time to reflect back on the elections of a few African Americans to become mayors of American cities.

The African American to be elected mayor of a U.S. town was in 1868, when Pierre Caliste Landry became mayor of Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

Springfield, OH 1966
Robert Henry First black mayor Springfield 1966

Cleveland, OH 1967
Carl Stokes First Black Mayor Cleveland 1967

Carl Stokes First Black Mayor Cleveland 1967

Gary, IN 1967
Richard Hatcher First black mayor Gary 1967

Chapel Hill, NC 1969
Howard Nathaniel Lee First Black Mayor Chapel Hill 1969

Compton, CA 1969
Douglas Dollarhide First black mayor Compton 1969

Fayette, MS 1969
Charles Evers First Black Mayor of Fayette Mississippi 1969

Durham, NC 1971
Durham would not elect and African American as mayor until 1989
Asa T Spaulding Durham Mayor Election 1971

Los Angeles, CA 1973
Tom Bradley Los Angeles first black mayor 1973

Atlanta, GA 1973
Atlanta 1973

Raleigh, NC 1973
Raleigh 1973

Detroit, MI 1973
Colman Young Detroit First Black Mayor 1973

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List of some of the first African American mayors of larger US cites
All first African American mayors not listed

Rank City State 2014 Population First African American Mayor
1 New York New York 8,491,079 1989 David Dinkins
2 Los Angeles California 3,928,864 1973  Tom Bradley
3 Chicago Illinois 2,722,389 1983 Harold Washington
4 Houston Texas 2,239,558 1997 Lee P. Brown
5 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,560,297 1984 Wilson Goode
7 San Antonio Texas 1,436,697 2014 Ivy Taylor
9 Dallas Texas 1,281,047 1995 Ron Kirk
12 Jacksonville Florida 853,382 2011  Alvin Brown
13 San Francisco California 852,469 1996 Willie Brown
15 Columbus Ohio 835,957 2000 Michael B. Coleman
17 Charlotte North Carolina 809,958 1983 Harvey Gantt
18 Detroit Michigan 680,250 1973 Coleman Young
20 Seattle Washington 668,342 1989 Norm Rice
21 Denver Colorado 663,862 1991 Wellington Webb
23 Memphis Tennessee 656,861 1982 J.O. Patterson, Jr./1990 W. W. Herenton
22 Washington District of Columbia 658,893 1975 Walter Washington
26 Baltimore Maryland 622,793 1987 Clarence H. Burns/1988 Kurt Schmoke
31 Milwaukee Wisconsin 599,642 2004 Marvin Pratt
35 Sacramento California 485,199 2008 Kevin Johnson
37 Kansas City Missouri 470,800 1991 Emanuel Cleaver
39 Atlanta Georgia 456,002 1973  Maynard Jackson
43 Raleigh North Carolina 439,896 1973 Clarence Lightner
45 Oakland California 413,775 1978 Lionel Wilson
46 Minneapolis Minnesota 407,207 1994 Sharon Sayles Belton
48 Cleveland Ohio 389,521 1968 Carl Stokes
49 Wichita Kansas 388,413 2007 Carl Brewer
50 New Orleans Louisiana 384,320 1978 Ernest N. Morial
60 St. Louis Missouri 317,419 1993 Freeman Bosley, Jr.
65 Cincinnati Ohio 298,165 1972 Ted Berry/ 2005 Mark Mallory
67 Greensboro North Carolina 282,586 2007 Yvonne Johnson
68 Toledo Ohio 281,031 2002 Jack Ford
69 Newark New Jersey 280,579 1970 Kenneth A. Gibson
76 Buffalo New York 258,703 2005 Byron Brown
81 Durham North Carolina 251,893 1989 Chester Jenkins
92 Chesapeake Virginia 233,371 1990 William E. Ward
96 Baton Rouge Louisiana 228,895 2004 Kip Holden
98 Richmond Virginia 217,853 1977  Henry L. Marsh
101 Birmingham Alabama 212,247 1979 Richard Arrington, Jr.
102 Spokane Washington 212,052 1981 James E. Chase
103 Rochester New York 209,983 1993 William A. Johnson, Jr.
105 Des Moines Iowa 209,220 1997 Preston Daniels
107 Tacoma Washington 205,159 1994 Harold Moss
108 Fontana California 204,950 2010 Acquanetta Warren
109 Fayetteville North Carolina 203,948 2001 Marshall Pitts Jr.
111 Columbus Georgia 200,887 1973 A.J. McClung (acting 52 days)
117 Shreveport Louisiana 198,242 2006 Cedric Glover
118 Hartford Connecticut 124,705 1981 Thirman Milner
Gary IN 77,909 1967 Richard G. Hatcher
Springfield Ohio 59,956 1966 Robert C. Henry
Fayette Mississippi 1,612 1969 James Charles Evers

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