Mayors of Salem

Salem operated under a town government until the City Charter was accepted on March 23, 1836, making it only the second chartered City in the Commonwealth - the first being Boston. The original charter, with a bicameral legislative body, was replaced by the Commission form in 1913. This form, consisting of four commissioners and a Mayor, was supplanted in 1916 by the present form of City government, formally known as "Plan B Government". In Salem, Plan B City Government calls for a Mayor, and City Council of 11 members - seven elected from the wards (1 from each ward) and 4 elected at-large.    

The following is a list of all the Mayors of Salem from its inception as a City in 1836 to the present.

  1. Leverett Saltonstall 1836-1837
  2. Steven C. Phillips 1838-1841
  3. Stephen P. Webb 1842-1844
  4. Joseph S. Cabot 1845-1848
  5. Nathaniel Silsbee Jr. 1849-1850
  6. David Pingree 1851
  7. Charles W. Upham 1852
  8. Asahel Huntington 1853
  9. Joseph Andrew 1854-1855
  10. William S. Messervy 1856-1857
  11. Nathaniel Silsbee Jr. 1858-1859
  12. Stephen P. Webb 1860-1862
  13. Stephen G. Wheatland 1863-1864
  14. Joseph B.F. Osgood 1865
  15. David Roberts 1866-1867
  16. William Cogswell 1868-1869
  17. Nathaniel Brown 1870-1871
  18. Samuel Calley 1872
  19. William Gogswell 1873-1874
  20. Henry Williams 1875-1876
  21. Henry K. Oliver 1877-1880
  22. Samuel Calley 1881-1882
  23. William M. Hill 1883-1884
  24. Arthur Huntington 1885
  25. John H. Raymond 1886-1889
  26. Robert S. Rantoul 1890-1893
  27. James H. Turner 1894-1897
  28. David P. Waters 1898
  29. James H. Turner 1899
  30. David M. Little 1900
  31. John F. Hurley 1901-1902
  32. Joseph N. Peterson 1903-1905
  33. Thomas Pinnock 1906-1907
  34. John F. Hurley 1908-1909
  35. Arthur Howard 1910
  36. Rufus D. Adams 1911-1912
  37. John F. Hurley 1913-1914
  38. Mathias J. O'Keefe 1915
  39. Henry P. Benson 1916-1917
  40. Denis J. Sullivan 1918-1923
  41. George J. Bates 1924-1937
  42. Edward A. Coffey 1938-1947
  43. Joseph B. Harrington 1948-1949
  44. Francis X. Collins 1950-1969
  45. Samuel E. Zoll 1970-1973
  46. Jean A. Levesque 1973-1983
  47. Anthony V. Salvo 1984-1989
  48. Neil J. Harrington 1990-1997
  49. Stanley J. Usovicz Jr. 1998-2005
  50. Kimberley Driscoll 2006-Present