|Name||Year(s) as Mayor|
|Chalkley S. Leeds||1854 - 1856|
|Richard Hacket||1856 (one month)|
|John G.W. Avery||1856 - 1857|
|Lewis Reed||1858 - 1861|
|Chalkley S. Leeds||1862|
|Jacob Middleton||1863 - 1864|
|Robert T. Evard||1865|
|David W. Belisle||1866 - 1867|
|Lemuel C. Eldridge||1868 (three months)|
|John J. Gardner||1868 - 1872|
|John J. Gardner||1874 - 1875|
|Willard Wright||1876 - 1877|
|John L. Bryant||1878|
|Harry L. Slape||1880|
|Charles Maxwell||1882 - 1885|
|Thomas C. Garrett||1886|
|Samuel D. Hoffman||1887 - 1891|
|Willard Wright||1892 - 1893|
|Franklin P. Stoy||1894 - 1897|
|Joseph Thompson||1898 - 1899|
|Franklin P. Stoy||1900 - 1911|
|George Carmany||1911 (six months)|
|Harry Bacharach||1912 (six months)|
|William Riddle||1912 - 1916|
|Harry Bacharach||1916 - 1920|
|Edward L. Bader||1920 - 1927|
|Anthony M. Ruffu||1927 - 1930|
|Joseph Paxson||1930 (three weeks)|
|Harry Bacharach||1930 - 1935|
|Charles D. White||1935 - 1940|
|Thomas D. Taggart||1940 - 1944|
|Joseph Altman||1944 - 1967|
|Richard S. Jackson||1967 - 1969|
|William T. Somers||1969 - 1972|
|Joseph Bradway, Jr.||1972 - 1976|
|Joseph Lazarow||1976 - 1982|
|Michael J. Matthews||1982 - 1984|
|James L. Usry||1984 - 1990|
|James Whelan||1990 - 2001|
|Lorenzo Langford||2001 - 2005|
|Robert “Bob” Levy||2005 - October 10, 2007|
|William “Speedy” Marsh||October 10, 2007 - November 21, 2007|
|Scott K. Evans||November 21, 2007 - 2008|
|Lorenzo Langford||2008 - present|
From 1854 to 1886, the mayor’s term of office was one year. From 1886 to 1912, the mayor’s term of office was two years. In 1912, the term of office became four years.
In November 2000, Atlantic City voters approved a referendum changing the date and form of municipal elections. Previously held in May, the date for elections was moved to November, and political party affiliation was included on the ballot. The first election following the referendum was held in November 2001, and the new mayoral term began on January 1, 2002.
The city’s first African-American mayor was James L. Usry. Atlantic City has never had an elected female mayor.
Detroit Bureau of Governmental Research. The Government of the City of Atlantic City, New Jersey: a report prepared for the Atlantic City Survey Commission. Detroit, Mich.: The Bureau, 1930. [photocopy]
Butler, Frank. Book of the Boardwalk. Atlantic City, NJ: Haines and Co., 1952.
English, A.L. History of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Philadelphia, Pa.: Dickson and Gilling: 1884.
Heston, Alfred M. History of Atlantic City Hall and Jail. [Atlantic City, NJ]: Alfred M. Heston, 1901.
Paulsson, Martin W. Politics and Progressivism in Atlantic City: a brief hour of reform. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1992. [photocopy]
University of Pennsylvania, Government Study Group, Department of Political Science. A New Government for Atlantic City: a strong mayor strong council plan. [Philadelphia, Pa.]:University of Pennsylvania, 1979.
Mayors of Atlantic City
Atlantic City - City Hall Officials
Additionally, there are biography files for most of the mayors, by last name.
Taggert Scrapbook Collection
Please see the Heston Collection Indexes at the Reference Desk to locate photographs and postcards on this subject.
Updated 3 March 2009.