City of Ottawa, Illinois

The earliest form of government in Ottawa was the aldermanic form with a mayor elected along with two alderman, each from five wards. This was adopted on
May 3, 1853 and changed to the commission form of government by an ordinance approved May 2, 1911. This change was consistent with a national pattern at
that time when many small cities adopted the commission form of government.

 1853 - 1854
William Hickling

1865
William Wickeling

1877
Samuel Richolson

1899 – 1902
M.T. Moloney

1955 – 08/09/1956
R. C. Woodward

1855
George H. Norris

1866
Charles Delano

1878
Andrew Lynch

1903 – 1906
Charles E. Hook
09/04/1956 - 1959
Fred E. Eichelkraut

1856
Edwin S. Leland

1867
Thomas Clancy

1879 - 1880
Samuel Richolson

1907 – 1910
James F. Farrell

1959 - 1963
Phillip J. Bailey

1857
George E. Walker

1868
Frank F. Brower

1881
John D. Young 

1911 – 1918
Edgar F. Bradford

1963 – 1967
Dan H. Riordan
1858
Joseph Glover

1869
Henry A. Shuler

1882 - 1888
E. C. Allen

1919 – 1927
George V. B. Weeks

1967 - 1987
James M. Thomas
1859
Julias Avery

1870 – 1871
D. P. Jones

1889 – 1890
F. A. Sherwood

1927 – 1935
H. J. Hilliard

1987 - 1991
George D. Small

1860
Davis Walker

1872 – 1873
H. K. Boyle

1891 – 1894
A.F. Schoch

1935 – 1947
Fred N. Spurgin

1991 - 1999
Forrest T. Buck

1861
Silas W. Cheever

1874 – 1875
Milton H. Swift

1896 - 1896
Louis Hess

1947 - 1951
T. Bert Leamy
1999 -
Robert M. Eschbach

1862 - 1864
John B. Rico

1876
Andrew Lynch

1897 – 1898
Charles E. Hook

1951 – 1955
Phillip J. Bailey