The historic Lee-Baker-Hodges Building, located on the northwest corner of the Carrollton Public Square.

CARROLLTON - The final installment of a two-part series highlighting the history of Carollton’s mayors is coming up this Sunday, May 19, 2024. Free to attend and open to the public, “Mayors of Carrollton, Part II” will pick up right where Part I left off, showcasing the rest of the town’s mayors leading up to 2024.

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Part I was presented last March by Carrollton City Librarian Angie Custer, who is also conservator at the Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society. For Part II, Custer will be joined by John Langer, president of the Historical Society.

“From the first mayor of Carrollton, William Greene in 1867, forty-six individuals have occupied ‘His Honor’s’ seat, and each man has been a unique character,” according to a release from the Historical Society.

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“During the first program about Mayors, Angie worked down to the early 20th Century roster. This month’s program will take up there and go through 2024. At least one picture of each mayor will be shown during the presentation.”

As with Part I, Part II will also present “some new information and correct some misinformation from sources cited in past reviews.”

“Mayors of Carrollton, Part II” will begin after a business meeting at 2 p.m., which will include the election of officers for the coming year. The afternoon events will be held in the historic Lee-Baker-Hodges Building, located on the northwest corner of the Carrollton Public Square.

Beginning in 1821, Carrollton’s chief executive was appointed annually from among the members of a loosely knit group of commissioners. They were often called “president.” In 1867, when the city was reorganized into a mayor-council form of local government, mayors were elected annually by popular vote. In 1882, the term was extended to two years, and in 1945, four-year terms became the norm.

The list of Carrollton’s mayors is as follows. One asterisk indicates mayors who died in office, while two asterisks indicate acting mayors:

  • 1867-1869: William L. Greene
  • 1870-1871: Andrew Madison Cunningham
  • 1872: Robert H. Davis
  • 1873: John Summerton Clough
  • 1874: Wm. Robert H. Davis Sr.
  • 1875: Robert J. Scott Jr.
  • 1876: John Summerton Clough
  • 1877: Robert H. Davis
  • 1878: Lyman F. Wheeler
  • 1879: Capt. George L. Williams
  • 1880-1881: Nathan James Andrews
  • 1882-1883: Adam Gimmy Jr.
  • 1885: Thomas C. Hussey
  • 1887: Dr. Clinton Armstrong
  • 1889: Lucius S. Eldred
  • 1891: James Edward Miner Sr.
  • 1893-1895: Ornan Pierson
  • 1897: William H. Sieverling
  • 1899: Michael E. McMahon
  • 1901-1905: Dr. George Whiting Ross
  • 1907-1909: John Charles Bowman
  • 1911: Dr. William F. Waggoner
  • 1913: George Howard Price
  • 1915: Marquis Lafayette Reed
  • 1917: James McNabb
  • 1919: Oscar H. Vivell
  • 1921: Michael E. McMahon
  • 1923-1926: Oscar H. Vivell
  • 1927: William Albert Hubbard
  • 1929: Elon Eldred Wheeler
  • 1931: 1936: William Price Lindsey
  • 1937-1939: Dr. Neil D. Vedder
  • 1941: William Price Lindsey
  • 1943: Wilhelm Joseph Abel
  • 1945: Thomas Crispin Hough
  • 1949: Thomas Crispin Hough*
  • 1952: William Edmon Frech
  • 1953: Jack Edmund Staples*
  • 1954: Ivan Yates Beebe**
  • 1957: Richard Alfred Robley Giller
  • 1961-1968: Daniel Alan “Al” Roads
  • 1969: Louis Jackson Ballard
  • 1973: John “June” Gillingham Jr.
  • 1977: Daniel Alan “Al” Roads
  • 1981: Daniel Alan “Al” Roads
  • 1981-1982: Michael “Joe” Carmody**
  • 1983: Michael Charles Sullivan
  • 1985: Francis “Gene” Baker
  • 1989: Earl L. “Joe” Harness Jr.
  • 1993-1997: Francis “Gene” Baker
  • 2001-2005: William David Stendeback
  • 2009: Timothy Michael Brannan
  • 2013: Dewain L. Freand
  • 2013-2015: William David Stendeback*
  • 2015: Dewain L. Freand **
  • 2015: Earl L. “Joe” Harness
  • 2017: Joe Montanez Sr.
  • 2021: Michael A. Snyder

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