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  • Mayor Horace Baldwin Rice (1861 - 1929)
    Horace Baldwin Rice Find A Grave Memorial ID # 73101295 Mayor H.B. Baldwin's Wikipedia Page Rice was born March 29, 1861, in Houston, Harris County, Texas, to Captain Frederick Allen Rice and...
  • Colonel Ennis Ward Taylor (CSA) (1839 - 1908)
    Ennis Ward Taylor, businessman and Confederate infantry officer, was born on September 15, 1839, in Greenville, Alabama, to Dr. M. B. K. Taylor and Sarah Elizabeth McDaniel. He and his family came to T...
  • George William Sergeant, 41st Mayor of Dallas (1881 - 1971)
    George William Sergeant Mayor of Dallas, Texas, 1935–1937 Sergeant was born on December 2, 1881 in Mansfield, Tarrant County, Texas to Gustavis A. Sergeant and Harriet (Hattie) P. Baldwin. He marr...
  • Lt. Colonel James M. Wrigley (CSA) (1822 - 1896)
    James M. Wrigley, businessman, farmer, and Confederate officer, was born to James and Sarah (Phelps) Wrigley in Johnson, Montgomery County, New York, on August 13, 1822. Following the death of his pare...
  • Charles "Don Carlos" Trudeau dit Laveau (1742 - 1824)
    Charles Laveau Trudeau, was the surveyor of the Spanish crown, and was one of the most influential politicians and military officers in Louisiana under Spanish rule. After the Louisiana Purchase, he se...

The mayor is the leader in most United States municipalities (such as cities, townships, etc.). In the United States, there are several distinct types of mayors, depending on the system of local government. Under council-manager government, the mayor is a first among equals on the city council, which acts as a legislative body while executive functions are performed by the appointed manager. The mayor may chair the city council, but lacks any special legislative powers. The mayor and city council serve part-time, with day-to-day administration in the hands of a professional city manager. The system is most common among medium-sized cities from around 25,000 to several hundred thousand, usually rural and suburban municipalities.

In the second form, known as mayor-council government, the mayoralty and city council are separate offices. Under a strong mayor system, the mayor acts as an elected executive with the city council exercising legislative powers. They may select a chief administrative officer to oversee the different departments. This is the system used in most of the United States' large cities, primarily because mayors serve full-time and have a wide range of services that they oversee. In a weak mayor or ceremonial mayor system, the mayor has appointing power for department heads but is subject to checks by the city council, sharing both executive and legislative duties with the council. This is common for smaller cities, especially in New England. Charlotte, North Carolina and Minneapolis, Minnesota are two notable large cities with a ceremonial mayor.

Many American mayors are styled "His/Her Honor" while in office.