List of mayors of New Haven, Connecticut
|Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut|
|First holder||Roger Sherman|
Before 1826, the city's mayors did not have a fixed term of office; once elected, they held office indefinitely, at the pleasure of the Connecticut General Assembly. Beginning in 1826 the mayor and members of the Common Council were elected an annual town meeting and held office until the following year's town meeting. Since the 1870s, New Haven's mayors have been elected to two-year terms.
As of January 2015, the Mayor of New Haven earns an annual salary of $131,000.
|1784–1793||Roger Sherman||Federalist||1721–1793||Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Later became a U.S. Senator.|
|1793–1803||Samuel Bishop||Democratic-Republican||1723–1803||Also probate judge|
|1803–1822||Elizur Goodrich||Federalist||1761–1849||Professor of law. Also served as a U.S. Congressman.|
|1822–1826||George Hoadley||Democratic-Republican||1781–1857||Bank president. Later became Mayor of Cleveland (1846–1847).|
|1826–1827||Simeon Baldwin||Federalist||1761–1851||Judge. Was previously a U.S. Congressman.|
|1827–1828||William Bristol||Democratic-Republican||1779–1836||Also State Senator|
|1828–1830||David Daggett||Federalist||1764–1851||Also U.S. Senator; CT House Speaker; Chief Justice of the CT Supreme Court|
|1830–1831||Ralph Ingersoll||Democrat||1789-1872||Also U.S. Congressman|
|1831–1832||Dennis Kimberly||Democrat||1790–1862||Lawyer. Also major general and member of Connecticut General Assembly. Was elected mayor again in 1833, but declined the office. Was chosen U.S. Senator in 1838.|
|1833–1834||Noyes Darling||Whig||1782–1846||Judge. (Dennis Kimberly had been elected to fill this term, but declined to serve.)|
|1834–1839||Henry Collins Flagg||Whig||1792–1863||Lawyer, editor|
|1839–1842||Samuel Johnson Hitchcock||Whig||1786–1845||Lawyer, president of Yale Law School|
|1842–1845||Philip S. Galpin||Whig||1796–1872||Businessman (carpet manufacturing and insurance)|
|1846–1850||Henry E. Peck||Whig||1795–1867||
Newspaper printer and publisher.
|1850–1854||Aaron N. Skinner||Whig||1800–1858||Classical boarding school headmaster|
|1854–1855||Chauncey Jerome||Whig||1793–1868||Clock manufacturer|
|1856–1860||Philip S. Galpin||Whig||1796–1872||Secretary of Mutual Security Insurance Company|
|1860–1863||Harmanus M. Welch||Democrat||1813–1889||Businessman who was founder and president of the New Haven Rolling Mill and president of the First National Bank.|
|1865–1866||Erastus C. Scranton||Republican||1808–1866|||
|1866–1869||Lucien Wells Sperry||Democrat||1820−1890||Carpenter and merchant; committed suicide after embezzling trust funds; died $50,000 in debt.|
|1870-1877||Henry G. Lewis||Democrat||1820-1891|||
|1877-1879||William R. Shelton||Democrat||1821-1892||Prosecuted by Republicans (as a Democratic ex-mayor) for his involvement in a scandal with a female employee|
|1879-1881||Hobart B. Bigelow||Republican||1834–1891||Businessman, founder of the Bigelow Manufacturing Co.|
|1881-1883||John Brownlee Robertson||Democrat||1809-1892|||
|1883-1885||Henry G. Lewis||Democrat||1820-1891|||
|1885-1887||George F. Holcomb||Democrat|||
|1887–1888||Samuel Amos York||Democrat||1839-1898|
|1889–1890||Henry Franklin Peck||Republican||1828-1911|
|1891–1894||Joseph B. Sargent||Democrat||1822–1907||Served three terms. Founder of Sargent & Co.|
|1895–1896||Albert C. Hendrick||Republican||1833-1912||ex-chief of the New Haven Fire Department|
|1897–1899||Frederick Benjamin Farnsworth||Republican||1851-1930||Presided over the enactment of a new city charter, which gave New Haven a unified administrative structure. Interred in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven|
|1899–1901||Cornelius Thomas Driscoll||Democrat||1845–1931||born in Ireland, he was New Haven's first immigrant mayor|
|1901-1909||John Payne Studley||Republican||1846–1931||Used the police to stop performances of Bernard Shaw's play, "Mrs. Warren's Profession". Interred in Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, CT|
|1910–1917||Frank J. Rice||Republican||1869–1917||Elected to four terms. Died in office.|
|1917||Samuel Campner||Republican||1887-1934||New Haven's first Jewish mayor|
|1918–1926||David E. FitzGerald||Democrat||1874-1942|
|1926-1928||John B. Tower||Republican|
|1929–1931||Thomas A. Tully||Republican||1886-1950|
|1932–1944||John W. Murphy||Democrat||1878–1964||Labor leader|
|1945–1953||William C. Celentano||Republican||1904-1972||Served eight years. First Italian-American mayor of New Haven, funeral director.|
|1954–1970||Richard C. Lee||Democrat||1916–2003||Served eight terms. Was New Haven's youngest mayor.|
|1970–1975||Bartholomew F. Guida||Democrat||1914–1978|
|1976–1979||Frank Logue||Democrat||1924–2010||Served two two-year terms as the city's chief executive. He won the office in the 1975 election, defeating incumbent Democratic mayor Bart Guida in a party primary.|
|1980–1989||Biagio "Ben" DiLieto||Democrat||1922–1999||Served five terms. Former police chief.|
|1990–1993||John C. Daniels||Democrat||1936–2015||First black mayor of New Haven.|
|1994–2013||John DeStefano, Jr.||Democrat||born 1955||New Haven's longest-serving mayor.|
|2014–2020||Toni Harp||Democrat||born 1949||First woman elected mayor of New Haven.|
|2020–present||Justin Elicker||Democrat||born 1975|
- Robert A. Dahl (1961), Who Governs?: Democracy and Power in an American City. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-00051-0, ISBN 978-0-300-00051-1. Page 12.
- "What local elected leaders are paid". The Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT). 8 January 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- Dennis Kimberly Archived 2011-11-05 at the Wayback Machine, Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys as printed in the Connecticut Reports volume 30, page(s) 605-607. Connecticut State Library website, accessed August 3, 2010.
- New Haven (Conn.) (1885). City Year Book for the City of New Haven ...: Containing Lists of the Officers of the City Government; Address of His Honor the Mayor; Annual Reports of City Departments and Other Public Documents ... p. 380.
- "Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Academical Year ending in June, 1892" (PDF). Yale University. p. 131. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- "Ex-Mayor Shelton's Trouble" (PDF). The New York Times. 14 November 1881. Retrieved 3 May 2018.