The Dallas Journal, Volume 48, 2002 Page: 12
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Mayors of Dallas
Mayors of Dallas
Barbara A. Ware
Forty-eight men and four women have served as mayor of Dallas, Texas; some for a few months and
some for many years. John M. Crockett, William L. Cabell and Bryant T. Barry, each served three non-
consecutive terms. Benjamin Long served two non-consecutive terms. Benjamin Long, born in Zurich,
Switzerland, was the only foreign born mayor. Bryan Thomas Barry who served three terms was the first
Texas born mayor. William Meredith Holland was the first Dallas native elected mayor. These
individuals served their city and state in other positions before and after becoming mayor. For example,
John M. Crockett after his second term as mayor, served as Lieutenant Governor of Texas from 1861 to
Seven mayors were born in Dallas: Jean Baptiste Adoue, Jr., Sawnie Robertson Aldredge, Earle Cabell,
Jack Wilson Evans, Sr. , Robert Skillemrn Folsom, Adeline Nathanson Harrison, and Mary Canada Poss;
although others moved to Dallas as children.
Frank Wozencraft was called the "boy mayor" during his tenure because he was 26 years old when he
was elected in 1919. However, Thomas Sherwood was also the same age when he served as mayor in
1861. From the beginning of the city until 1880 no mayor was older than 47 years old, most in the men
were in their 30s and early 40s. The oldest mayor upon election was Louis "Daddy" Blaylock who at 74
years old beats Robert L. "Uncle Bob" Thornton by one year.
Twelve mayors attended and/or graduated from Dallas area schools: Jean Baptiste Adoue, Jr (Dallas
High School); Sawnie Robertson Aldredge (Bryan High School); Harry Stephen "Steve" Bartlett
(Kimball High School); Earle Cabell (North Dallas High School); Jack Wilson Evans (Woodrow
Wilson High School); Robert Skillemrn Folsom (Sunset High School); Adeline Nathanson Harrison
(Forest Avenue High School); Mary Canada Poss (Bryan Adams High School) Wallace Hamilton
Savage (Woodrow Wilson High School); George W. Sergeant Sr. ( Dallas High School); Austin Starke
Taylor (Highland Park High School); and Frank Wilson Wozencraft ( Bryan High School).
There have been several forms of city government in Dallas. In the early years, men who had obtained
an education were called upon by their friends to step forward and run the city. They served the city and
county as mayor, county judge, city marshal, and aldermen. Early mayors were doctors, lawyers,
ministers, soldiers, and merchants. Some were politicians.
Every effort was made to obtain the birth and death dates, burial locations, and marriages of all 52
individuals. The lost of records due to fires means that some dates could only be approximated. The
locations and dates of several marriages have yet to be determined.
( 2002 Barbara A. Ware- All Rights Reserved)
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