MAYORS OF KANSAS CITY.
Published in the Kansas City
Journal of Commerce
February 1, 1870
The names of the men who
have been honored by elevation to the Chief Executive office of our
city, must necessarily prove of interest to our citizens. The
following will show who have filled that office, their nativity, and
such other facts of interest in regard to them as we have been able
to gather. For such of the information here contained,, we are
indebted to the courtesy of our City Clerk, Mell. H. Hudson, Esq.
we also wish to return thanks to Alderman Wolf, Auditor O'Brien and
other gentlemen for favors received.
Prior to 1853, the town
was unincorporated, but in that year the Legislature passed the act
of incorporation creating the City of Kansas, and at the election
held immediately thereafter, William S. Gregory was elected Mayor of
Kansas City, being the first to hold that office. Mr. Gregory
is a native of Kentucky, at the time of his election, a Whig.
He is now engaged in the wholesale grocery trade in this city.
In 1854 Dr. J. Lykins
was elected to the Mayoralty. The Doctor was elected as a
Democrat. He is a native of Indiana, and is still a resident
of our city.
The next election for
May or, held in 1855, resulted in the election of John Johnson.
Mr. Johnson was a Democrat, and an Englishman by birth. He has
since removed to Leavenworth.
The election of 1856
resulted in the elevation to the Mayoralty of Mr. J. Payne.
Mr. Payne was, we believe, connected with the firm of Northrup &
Cick. He now resides in a fine mansion on the Westport road.
He retained the office until 1850.
In 1859 G. M. B. Maughs
was elected Mayor. Mr. Maughs is a native of Virginia, and was
engaged in the practice of medicine. He afterwards entered the
Confederate service. He is now, we believe, connected as
Professor, with a medical institute at St. Louis.
R .T. Van Horn succeeded
Maughs in 1860. Mr. Van Horn was then connected with the
Journal. He was subsequently major of the 13th Missouri
regiment (Union) and was for a time stationed here. Col. Van
Horn now represents this district in the National councils.
In 1862 M. J. Payne was
again re-elected mayor -- this time as a Republican. In 1863
Wm. Bonnifield, a Democrat, was elected mayor. Mr. Bonnifield
has since removed to Kansas. Mr. Bonnifield was succeeded in
1864 by Col. Van Horn, who only held the office for a short time,
resigning to serve his country's cause, then menaced by the
Patrick Shannon was
elected to fill the vacancy caused by Col. Van Horn's resignation.
Mr. Shannon is a native of Ireland, and has resided in our city
since 1855. He was at the time of his election to the
mayoralty, a successful dry goods merchant. He still continues
in the business. Mr. Shannon was re-elected in 1865. He
was a war Democrat in politics. In 1866 A. L. Harris was
elected mayor. Mr. Harris is a native of Missouri and has
resided here since 1857. He has been engaged in the liquor
business and now holds the office of deputy sheriff. Mr.
Harris is a Democrat.
The election of 1867
resulted in the election of Edward H. Allen as mayor. Mr.
Allen is a Republican, and now holds the position of Vice President
of the First National bank of this city. In 1868 Mayor Harris
In 1869 F. R. Long --
our present mayor -- was elected to the office he now holds.
Mr. Long is a native of Kentucky, in politics a Democrat, and has
resided here since 1832. Mr. Long is interested in banking
pursuits and is a director of the German Savings Association of this