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Previous Mayors
City of Oklahoma City
Mayor Mick Cornett with five previous Mayors
Mayor Mick Cornett poses with all five of the City's living previous Mayors during the grand opening of the Skirvin Hilton Hotel on February 26, 2007. Left to right: Ronald J. Norick, James H. Norick, Kirk Humphreys, Mayor Cornett, Patience Latting and Andrew M. Coats. The former Mayors' terms of office are listed below.

Oklahoma City's mayors have included colorful and historic figures.

W.L. Couch photo

The City's first provisional mayor, W.L. Couch, was one of David Payne's 'Boomers' who tried to open the territory to white settlers before the land run. Couch was murdered in a dispute over his own land claim a few months after he left office.

Ed Overholser oversaw construction of Lake Overholser, the City's first reservoir.

James Norick was not only mayor, but father of a future mayor, Ron Norick.

Patience Latting was the first woman in America to be elected mayor of a city of more than 350,000 people.

Past Mayor's Bios

Provisional Mayors following Land Run
William L. Couch April 27, 1889 November 11, 1889
Andrew Jackson Beale November 27, 1889 December 30, 1889
D.W. Gibbs July 15, 1890 August 9, 1890
 
Elected Mayors following Oklahoma City's incorporation
W.J. Gault August 12, 1890 April 12, 1892
O.A. Mitscher April 23, 1892 April 9, 1894
Nelson Button April 9, 1894 April 13, 1896
Charles Graham Jones April 13, 1896 April 12, 1897
J.P. Allen April 12, 1897 April 10, 1899
Lee Van Winkle April 10, 1899 April 8, 1901
Charles Graham Jones April 8, 1901 April 13, 1903
Lee Van Winkle April 13, 1903 April 10, 1905
J.G. Messenbaugh April 10, 1905 April 8, 1907
Henry M. Scales April 8, 1907 April 11, 1910
Dan V. Lackey April 11, 1910 June 8, 1911
Whit M. Grant June 8, 1911 April 13, 1915
Edward Overholser April 13, 1915 December 24, 1918
Byron D. Shear December 25, 1918 April 7, 1919
John Calloway Walton April 7, 1919 January 9, 1923
Mike Donnelly January 9, 1923 April 4, 1923
O.A. Cargill April 4, 1923 April 12, 1927
Walter C. Dean April 12, 1927 April 12, 1931
C.J. Blinn April 12, 1931 November 7, 1933
Tom McGee November 7, 1933 April 9, 1935
John Frank Martin April 9, 1935 April 11, 1939
Robert A. Hefner April 11, 1939 April 8, 1947
Allen Street April 8, 1947 April 7, 1959
James H. Norick April 7, 1959 April 9, 1963
Jack S. Wilkes April 9, 1963 May 3, 1964
George H. Shirk June 16, 1964 April 11, 1967
James H. Norick April 11, 1967 April 13, 1971
Patience Latting April 13, 1971 April 12, 1983
Andy Coats April 13, 1983 April 14, 1987
Ron Norick April 14, 1987 April 9, 1998
Kirk Humphreys April 9, 1998 November 3, 2003