Mayoral History

City of Ottawa History of Mayors

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