The following is a list of people who have served as mayors of the city of Buffalo in the U.S. state of New York.

Mayor of Buffalo
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Incumbent
Byron Brown

since January 1, 2006
StyleThe Honorable
Term lengthFour years; renewable
Inaugural holderEbenezer Johnson
Formation1832
Salary$158,500 (2019)
Websitewww.city-buffalo.com/Home/Leadership/Mayor

List of mayors

Main article: Politics and government of Buffalo, New York

No. Name Picture Party Took office Left office Notes
1 Ebenezer Johnson
Johnson
Democratic-Republican May 1832 March 1833 1st term. Served as a doctor during the War of 1812[1]
2 Major Andre Andrews
Andrews
1833 1834 Founding member of the first Bank of Buffalo[1]
3 Ebenezer Johnson
Johnson
Democratic-Republican 1834 1835 2nd term
4 Hiram Pratt
Pratt
Whig 1835 1836 1st term
5 Samuel Wilkeson
Wilkeson
1836 1837
6 Josiah Trowbridge Whig March 14, 1837 December 21, 1837
7 Pierre A. Barker 1837 1838
8 Ebenezer Walden
Walden
Whig March 13, 1838 1839
9 Hiram Pratt
Pratt
Whig 1839 1840 2nd term
10 Sheldon Thompson
Thompson
Whig 1840 March 2, 1841
11 Isaac R. Harrington
Harrington
Whig March 2, 1841 March 8, 1842
12 George William Clinton
Clinton
1842 1843 Served as the 7th United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York
13 Joseph G. Masten
Masten
Democratic 1843 1844 1st term
14 William Ketchum Whig 1844 1845
15 Joseph G. Masten
Masten
Democratic 1845 1846 2nd term
16 Solomon G. Haven
Haven
Whig 1846 1847
17 Elbridge G. Spaulding
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
Barton
Whig 1849 1850 1st term
20 Henry K. Smith
Smith
Democratic 1850 1851
21 James Wadsworth Democratic March 4, 1851 March 9, 1852
22 Hiram Barton
Barton
Whig 1852 1853 2nd term
23 Eli Cook Democratic 1853 1855
24 Frederick P. Stevens Democratic 1856 1857
25 Timothy T. Lockwood
Lockwood
Democratic 1858 1859
26 Franklin A. Alberger
Alberger
Republican 1860 1861
27 William G. Fargo
Fargo
Democratic 1862 1865 Co-founded the modern day financial firms of American Express and Wells Fargo[2]
28 Chandler J. Wells
Wells
Republican 1866 1867
29 William F. Rogers
Rogers
Democratic 1868 1869
30 Alexander Brush
Brush
Republican 1870 1873 1st term
31 Lewis P. Dayton
Dayton
Democratic 1874 1875
32 Philip Becker
Becker
Republican 1876 1877
33 Solomon Scheu
Scheu
Democratic 1878 1879
34 Alexander Brush
Brush
Republican 1880 1881 2nd term
35 Grover Cleveland
Cleveland
Democratic January 2, 1882 November 20, 1882 Elected 22nd & 24th President of the United States
36 Marcus M. Drake
Drake
Republican November 20, 1882 December 29, 1882
37 Harmon S. Cutting Democratic December 29, 1882 January 16, 1883
38 John B. Manning
Manning
Democratic January 16, 1883 1884
39 Jonathan Scoville
Scoville
Democratic 1884 1885
40 Philip Becker
Becker
Republican 1886 1889
41 Charles F. Bishop
Bishop
Democratic 1890 1894
42 Edgar B. Jewett
Jewett
Republican 1895 1897
43 Conrad Diehl
Diehl
Democratic 1898 1901
44 Erastus C. Knight
Knight
Republican 1902 1905
45 James N. Adam
Adam
Democratic 1906 1909
46 Louis P. Fuhrmann
Fuhrmann
Democratic 1910 1917
47 George S. Buck
Buck
Republican 1918 1921
48 Frank X. Schwab
Schwab
Republican 1922 1929
49 Charles E. Roesch
Roesch
Republican 1930 1933
50 George J. Zimmermann Democratic 1934 1937
51 Thomas L. Holling Democratic 1938 1941
52 Joseph J. Kelly
Kelly
Democratic 1942 1945
53 Bernard J. Dowd Republican 1946 1949
54 Joseph Mruk
Mruk
Republican January 1, 1950 December 31, 1953
55 Steven Pankow Democratic January 1, 1954 December 31, 1957
56 Frank A. Sedita
Sedita
Democratic January 1, 1958 December 31, 1961 1st term
57 Chester A. Kowal
Kowal
Republican January 1, 1962 December 31, 1965
58 Frank A. Sedita
Sedita
Democratic January 1, 1966 March 5, 1973 2nd term
59 Stanley M. Makowski
Makowski
Democratic March 5, 1973 December 31, 1977
60 James D. Griffin
Griffin
Democratic January 1, 1978 December 31, 1993
61 Anthony Masiello
Masiello
Democratic January 1, 1994 December 31, 2005
62 Byron Brown
Brown
Democratic January 1, 2006 Present Longest-serving mayor as of January 3, 2021

Number of mayors by party affiliation

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

History

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 elections

(winners are in bold)

Date Candidates  
November 8, 1881 Grover Cleveland Milton Beebe
  15,120 11,528
January 9, 1883 John B. Manning Robert R. Hefford
  11,036 7,321
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 Judith Einach Charles Flynn
  46,613 19,853 3,525 3,082
November 3, 2009 Byron Brown Michael P. Kearns
  17,728 158
November 5, 2013 Byron Brown Sergio Rodriguez
  26,120 10,733
November 7, 2017 Byron Brown Mark J F Schroeder Anita Howard Terrence Robinson Taniqua Simmons
  29,688 11,446 1,357 1,276 102
November 2, 2021 Byron Brown India Walton Ben Carlisle Jaz Miles William O'Dell
  38,338 25,773 219 23 8

See also

References

  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. Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  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. Elbridge G. Spaulding mayor of buffalo term.