Toronto History

Mayors, Councillors, Reeves & Chairmen

Toronto's politicians from 1834 to present.

Mayor is a term used for a person that is elected by the people of a city, town or municipality. Mayors were elected for a three-year term, but in 2004, terms were changed to four years.

A reeve is a person elected by the people of a township or village. A reeve may also be a representative of a town or county council.

A Chairman is an administrative officer of an organization or political body.

1834-2014 The City of Toronto

Since its creation in 1834, 64 individuals have been mayor of Toronto. 
(Note: those with * after their names served multiple non-consecutive terms).

Chronological list of Mayors of Toronto
Year(s)Name
2014-2018 John Tory
2010-2014 Rob Ford
2004-2010 David Miller
1998-2004 Mel Lastman
1995-1997 Barbara Hall
1992-94 June Rowlands
1981-91 Arthur Eggleton
1978-80 John Sewell
1978 Fred Beavis
1973-78 David Crombie
1967-72 William Dennison
1963-66 Philip Gerald Givens
1963 Donald Dean Summerville
1955-62 Nathan Phillips
1954 Leslie H. Saunders
1952-54 Allan A. Lamport
1948-51 Hiram E. McCallum
1945-48 Robert H. Saunders
1941-44 Fred J. Conboy
1938-40 Ralph C. Day
1936-37 William D. Robbins
1936 Samuel McBride *
1935 James Simpson
1931-34 William J. Stewart
1930 Bert S. Wemp
1928-29 Samuel McBride *
1925-27 Thomas Foster
1924 William Hiltz
1922-23 Charles A. Maguire
1915-21 Thomas Langton Church
1912-14 Horatio C. Hocken
1910-12 George R. Geary
1908-09 Joseph Oliver
1906-07 Emerson Coatsworth
1903-05 Thomas Urquhart
1901-02 Oliver Aikin Howland
1900 Ernest A. Macdonald
1897-99 John Shaw
1896-97 Robert J. Fleming *
1894-95 Warring Kennedy
1892-93 Robert J. Fleming *
1888-91 Edward F. Clarke
1886-87 William H. Howland
1885 Alexander Manning *
1883-84 Arthur R. Boswell
1881-82 William B. McMurrich
1879-80 James Beaty, Jr.
1876-78 Angus Morrison
1874-75 Francis H. Medcalf *
1873 Alexander Manning *
1871-72 Joseph Sheard
1869-70 Samuel Bickerton Harman
1867-68 James E. Smith
1864-66 Francis H. Medcalf *
1861-63 John George Bowes *
1859-60 Adam Wilson
1858 David Breckenridge Read
1858 William Henry Boulton *
1857 John Hutchison
1856 John Beverley Robinson
1855 George William Allan
1854 Joshua George Beard
1851-53 John George Bowes *
1848-50 George Gurnett *
1845-47 William Henry Boulton *
1842-44 Henry Sherwood
1841 George Munro
1838-40 John Powell
1837 George Gurnett *
1836 Thomas D. Morrison
1835 Robert Baldwin Sullivan
1834 William Lyon Mackenzie

 

References: Mayors of Toronto, Volume 1, 1834-1899 by Victor Loring Russell ©1982 
Published by: The Boston Mills Press

1854-1997 The Township/Borough of East York

East York (Township and Borough) - Mayors/Reeves
Year Name Title
1993-1997 Michael Prue
(effective April 8, 1993)
Mayor
1983-92 David Johnson Mayor
1977-1982 Alan Redway Mayor
1976 Leslie H. Saunders Mayor
1973-1975 Willis L. Blair Mayor
1967-1972 True Davidson Mayor
1961-1966 True Davidson Reeve
1957-1960 Jack R. Allen Reeve
1954-1956 Harry G. Simpson Reeve

 

1850-1997 The Township/City of Etobicoke

Etobicoke (Township and Borough) - Mayors/Reeves
Year(s) Name Title
1994-1997 Doug Holyday Mayor
1984-1993 Bruce Sinclair -
(effective September 4, 1984)
Mayor
1973-1983 C. Dennis Flynn Mayor
1967-1972 Edward A. Horton Mayor
1963-1966 John P. MacBeth Reeve
1957-1962 H.O. Waffle Reeve
1953-1956 W. Beverley Lewis Reeve
1947-1952 Clive M. Sinclair, K.C. Reeve
1943-1946 F.A.C. Butler Reeve
1938-1943 William A. Armstrong
(resigned Feb. 1943)
Reeve
1937 William L. Stephens Reeve
1934-1936 William A. Armstrong Reeve
1932 William J. Gardhouse Reeve
1930-1931 Robert Marshall Reeve
1927-1929 J. Ray Price Reeve
1925-1926 T.A.C. Tier Reeve
1921-1924 William J. Gardhouse Reeve
1919-1920 William G. Jackson Reeve
1918 James Dandridge Reeve
1913-1917 Charles Silverthorn Reeve
1910-1912 John Gardhouse Reeve
1909 Russell S. Warner Reeve
1908 John Gardhouse Reeve
1907 John D. Evans Reeve
1906 Franklin E. Shaver Reeve
1902-1905 John Bryans Reeve
1901 John T. Carr Reeve
1897-1900 David L. Streight Reeve
1885-1896 John D. Evans Reeve
1877-1884 Matthew Canning Reeve
1874-1876 William Wallace Reeve
1873 John Clark Reeve
1865-1870 William Wallace Reeve
1858-1864 Edward Musson Reeve
1855-1857 Alexander McFarlane Reeve
1851-1854 Joseph Smith Reeve
1850 William Gamble Reeve

 

1922-1997 The Township/City of North York

North York (Township and Borough) - Mayors/Reeves
Year(s) Name Title
1973-1997 Mel Lastman Mayor
1970-1972 Basil H. Hall Mayor
1967-1969 James D. Service Mayor
1965-1966 James D. Service Reeve
1959-1964 Norman C. Goodhead Reeve
1957-1958 Vernon M. Singer Reeve
1953-1956 Fred J. McMahon Reeve
1950-1952 N.A. Boylen Reeve
1941-1949 George H. Mitchell Reeve
1934-1940 R. Earl Bales Reeve
1931-1933 George B. Elliott Reeve
1929-1930 James Muirhead Reeve

1850-1997 The Township/City of Scarborough

Scarborough (Township and Borough) - Mayors/Reeves
Year(s) Name Title
1994-1997 Frank Faubert Mayor
1988-1993 Joyce Trimmer Mayor
1979-1987 Gus Harris Mayor
1973-1978 Paul Cosgrove Mayor
1969-1972 Robert W. White Mayor
1967-1968 Albert M. Campbell Mayor
1957-1966 Albert M. Campbell Reeve
1956 A. Harris Reeve
1948-1955 Oliver E. Crockford Reeve
1947 R.H. Palmer Reeve
1946 A.P. Wheler Reeve
1939-1945 B.L. Clutterbuck Reeve
1936-1938 B.J. Wheeler Reeve
1935 G. Moore Reeve
1933-1934 T.H. Sanders Reeve
1932 F.L. Barchard Reeve
1928-1931 G.B. Little Reeve
1927 G. Moore Reeve
1926 T.E. Allen Reeve
1923-1925 R. McCowan Reeve
1922 E.M. Croker Reeve
1920-1921 J.T. Stewart Reeve
1913-1919 J.G. Cornell Reeve
1908-1912 W.D. Annis Reeve
1902-1907 A. Young Reeve
1896-1901 L. Kennedy Reeve
1895 J. Chester Reeve
1881-1894 J. Richardson Reeve
1877-1880 D.G. Stephenson Reeve
1876 G. Chester Reeve
1871-1875 J.P. Wheler Reeve
1867-1870 G. Chester Reeve
1866 T. Brown Reeve
1865 D.G. Stephenson Reeve
1855-1864 J.P. Wheler Reeve
1854 J. Tororance Reeve
1851-1853 J.P. Wheler Reeve
1850 Peter Secor Reeve

 

1850-1997 The Township/City of York

York (Township and Borough) - Mayors/Reeves
Year(s) Name Title
1994-1997 Frances Nunziata Mayor
1988-1993 Fergy Brown Mayor
1983-1987 Alan Tonks Mayor
1979-1982 Gayle Christie Mayor
1970-1978 Philip C. White Mayor
1967-1969 Jack Mould Mayor
1963-1966 Jack Mould Reeve
1962 Walter Saunders Reeve
1961 Fred C. Taylor Reeve
1957-1960 Chris A. Tonks Reeve
1952-1956 Fred W. Hall Reeve
1949-1951 W.G. Beech Reeve
1947-1948 C.J. McMaster Reeve
1938-1946 F.J. MacRae Reeve
1936-1937 W.M. Magwood Reeve
1934-1935 R.J. Stuart Reeve

 

1953-1997 Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto

The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto - Chairmen
Year(s) Name Title
1988-1997 Alan Tonks Chairman
1984-1988 C. Dennis Flynn Chairman
1973-1984 Paul Godfrey Chairman
1970-1973 Albert M. Campbell Chairman
1962-1969 William R. Allen Chairman
1953-1961 Frederick G. Gardiner Chairman

1954-1966 The Village of Forest Hill

The Village of Forest Hill - Reeves
Year(s) Name Title
1963-1966 Edwin J. Pivnick Reeve
1957-1962 Laurie T. Simonsky Reeve
1954-1956 C. O. Bick Reeve

1954-1966 The Town of Leaside

The Town of Leaside - Mayors
Year(s) Name Title
1963-1966 Beth Nealson Mayor
1962 Lloyd M. Dickinson Mayor
1956-1961 Charles H. Hiscott Mayor
1954-1955 Howard T. Burrell Mayor

 

1954-1966 The Village of Long Branch

The Village of Long Branch - Reeves
Year(s) Name Title
1965-1966 Thomas Berry Reeve
1963-1964 Leonard E. Ford Reeve
1954-1962 Marie Curtis Reeve

 

1954-1966 The Town of Mimico

The Town of Mimico - Mayors
Year(s) Name Title
1961-1966 Hugh M. Griggs Mayor
1955-1960 W. A. Edwards Mayor
1954 Archibald Norris Mayor

1954-1966 The Village of Swansea

The Village of Swansea - Reeves
Year(s) Name Title
1966 James T. Bonham Reeve
1963-1965 Lucien C. Kurata Reeve
1954-1962 Dorothy Hague Reeve

1954-1966 The Town of Weston

The Town of Weston - Mayors
Year(s) Name Title
1965-1966 Wesley Boddington Mayors
1961-1964 George W. Bull Mayors
1959-1960 Jack L. Holley Mayors
1955-1958 Harry Clark Mayors
1954 R. C. Seagrave Mayors

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  • Altobello, Gerry
  • Ainslie, Paul
  • Ashton, Brian
  • Augimeri, Maria
  • Balkissoon, Bas
  • Barron, Harvey
  • Bussin, Sandra
  • Carroll, Shelley
  • Cho, Raymond
  • Chow, Olivia
  • Cowbourne, Gay
  • Davis, Janet
  • De Baeremaeker, Glenn
  • Del Grande, Mike
  • Di Giorgio, Frank
  • Feldman, Mike
  • Filion, John
  • Fletcher, Paula
  • Ford, Rob
  • Giambrone, Adam
  • Grimes, Mark
  • Hall, Suzan
  • Holyday, Doug
  • Jenkins, Cliff
  • Kelly, Norman
  • Li Preti, Peter
  • Lindsay Luby, Gloria
  • Mammoliti, Giorgio
  • McConnell, Pam
  • Mihevc, Joe
  • Milczyn, Peter
  • Minnan-Wong, Denzil
  • Moscoe, Howard
  • Nunziata, Frances
  • Ootes, Case
  • Palacio, Cesar
  • Pantalone, Joe
  • Pitfield, Jane
  • Rae, Kyle
  • Saundercook, Bill
  • Shiner, David
  • Silva, Martin
  • Soknacki, David
  • Stintz, Karen
  • Thompson, Michael
  • Walker, Michael
  • Watson, Sylvia

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