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Mayors of Halifax, Nova Scotia

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This is a list of mayors of the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The City of Halifax is a former municipality in Nova Scotia which was amalgamated with the City of Dartmouth (Mayors Project), Town of Bedford (Mayors Project) and Halifax County (Wardens Project) to form the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1996. Mayors of the Halifax Regional Municipality are located at the bottom of this project.

This is a list of mayors for the City of Halifax from 1841 until amalgamation. Prior to the formation of the city's elected government in 1841 the administration of the municipality was left in the hands of a selected group of men. The first mayor was elected to council and chosen for this position by his peers in council.

Prior 1850 the Mayor was elected amongst the elected councillors. The first Mayor elected directly by citizens was William Caldwell. The Mayor continues to act as a Councillor-at-Large and has a direct vote on all council decisions.

  • Stephen Binney (1841 - 1842)
  • Edward Kenny (1842)
  • Thomas Williamson (1842 - 1843)
  • Alexander Keith (1st term) (1843 - 1844)
  • Hugh Bell (1844 - 1845)
  • Andrew MacKinlay (1st term) (1845 - 1846)
  • Joseph Jennings (1846 - 1847)
  • William Machin Stairs (1847 - 1848)
  • Adam Hemmeon (1848 - 1849)
  • Henry Pryor (1st term) 1849 - 1850)
  • William Caldwell (1850 - 1851)
  • Andrew MacKinlay (2nd term) (1851 - 1852)
  • Alexander Keith (2nd term) (1852 - 1853)
  • Henry Pryor (2nd term) (1853 - 1855)
  • Archibald Scott (1855 - 1857)
  • Henry Pryor (3rd term) (1857 - 1859)
  • Samuel Richard Caldwell (1859 - 1861)
  • Philip Carteret Hill (1861 - 1864)
  • Matthew Henry Richey (1864 - 1867)
  • Stephen Tobin (1867 - 1870)
  • William Alexander Henry (1870 - 1871)
  • William Dunbar (1871 - 1872)
  • James Duggan (1872 - 1873)
  • John Archibald Sinclair (1873 - 1875)
  • Matthew Henry Richey (1875 - 1878)
  • Stephen Tobin (1878 - 1881)
  • George Fraser (1881 - 1884)
  • James Crosskill Mackintosh (1884 - 1887)
  • Patrick O'Mullin (1887 - 1889)
  • David McPherson (1889 - 1892)
  • Michael Edwin Keefe (1892 - 1895)
  • David McPherson (1895 - 1897)
  • Alexander Stephen (1897 - 1899)
  • James Thompson Hamilton (1899 - 1902)
  • Adam Brown Crosby (1st term) (1902 - 1905)
  • Robert Thomas MacIlreith (1905 - 1908)
  • Adam Brown Crosby (2nd term) (1908 - 1909)
  • Joseph Andrew Chisholm (1909 - 1912)
  • Frederick Pennington Bligh (1912 - 1915)
  • Peter Francis Martin (1915 - 1918)
  • Arthur Charles Hawkins (1918 - 1919)
  • John Seakons Parker (1919 - 1922)
  • John Murphy (1922 - 1925)
  • Joseph Burke Kenny (1925 - 1928)
  • Louis Amable Castonguay (1928 - 1931)
  • George Edwin Ritchie (1931 - 1932)
  • Albert Audley Thompson (1932 - 1934)
  • Edward Joseph Cragg (1934 - 1937)
  • Walter Mitchell (1937 - 1940)
  • William Edward Donovan (1940 - 1943)
  • John Edward Lloyd (1943 - 1945)
  • Allan MacDougall Butler (1945 - 1946)
  • John Edward Ahern (1946 - 1949)
  • Gordon Stanley Kinley (1949 - 1952)
  • Richard Alphonsus Donahoe (1952 - 1955)
  • Leonard Arthur Kitz (1955 - 1957)
  • Charles Augustus Vaughan (1st term) (1957 - 1960)
  • John Edward Lloyd - (1960 1963)
  • Charles Augustus Vaughan (2nd term) (1963 - 1966)
  • Allan O'Brien (1966 - 1971)
  • Walter Fitzgerald (1971 - 1974)
  • Edmund L. Morris (1974 - 1980)
  • Ronald Hanson (1980)
  • Ronald Wallace (1980 - 1991)
  • Moira Leiper Ducharme (1991 - 1994)
  • Walter Ronald Fitzgerald (1994 - 1996)

Walter Ronald Fitzgerald presided over municipal amalgamation which saw the City of Halifax combined with the City of Dartmouth, Town of Bedford and Halifax County. Fitzgerald subsequently ran for election as mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality and won, becoming the last mayor of the City of Halifax and the first mayor of HRM.

Halifax Regional Municipality

  • Walter Ronald Fitzgerald (1996 – 2000)
  • Peter J. Kelly (2000 – 2012)
  • Mike Savage (2012– present)