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Kalamazoo Government Heads

This listing is a compilation of heads of government for the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan since 1843. There have been three forms of government and each is separated to show the era.
* An asterisks next to the name indicates they died in office.

Village of Kalamazoo - President

Name Occupation Year Elected
Hosea B Huston Merchant Apr 1843
Luther H Trask Merchant Apr 1844
Elkanah Walters Flour Mill Owner Apr 1845
Elkanah Walters Flour Mill Owner Apr 1846
Abraham Edwards Land Officer Apr 1847
David S Walbridge Flour Mill Owner Apr 1848
Isaac Moffat Jr Flour Mill Owner Apr 1849
Isaac Moffat Jr Flour Mill Owner Apr 1850
Isaac Moffat Jr Flour Mill Owner Apr 1851
Jeremiah P Woodbury Banker Apr 1852
Francis Denison Hotel Owner Apr 1853
Israel Kellogg Lumber Mill Owner Apr 1854
David S Walbridge Flour Mill Owner Apr 1855
Henry Gilbert Newspaper Publisher Apr 1856
Hezekiah G Wells Attorney Apr 1857
Hezekiah G Wells Attorney Apr 1858
Allen Potter Banker Apr 1859
Stephen S Cobb Dry Goods Apr 1860
Latham Hull Banker Apr 1861
Israel Kellogg Farmer Apr 1862
Allen Potter Banker Apr 1863
Hezekiah G Wells Attorney Apr 1864
Hezekiah G Wells Attorney Apr 1865
Frederick Curtenius Farmer/Banker Apr 1866
Hezekiah G Wells Attorney Apr 1867
John W Breese Attorney Apr 1868
Nathaniel A Balch Attorney Apr 1869
Allen Potter Banker Apr 1870
Foster Pratt Physician Apr 1871
Allen Potter Banker Apr 1872
Dwight May Attorney Apr 1873
Dwight May Attorney Apr 1874
John Dudgeon Produce Merchant Apr 1875
John W Breese Attorney Apr 1876
Frederick Curtenius Farmer/Banker Apr 1877
Frederick Curtenius Farmer/Banker Apr 1878
Abraham T Metcalf Dentist Apr 1879
Peyton Ranney Grocer Apr 1880
Peyton Ranney Grocer Apr 1881
Charles S Dayton Banker Apr 1882
Edwin W DeYoe Realtor Apr 1883
     

City of Kalamazoo - Mayor-Alderman Government

Name Occupation Year Elected
Allen Potter Banker Apr 1884
Edwin W DeYoe Realtor Apr 1885
Peyton Ranney Grocer Apr 1886
Edwin W DeYoe Realtor Apr 1887
Otto Ihling Printing Company Owner Apr 1888
Otto Ihling Printing company Owner Apr 1889
William E Hill Machinery Manufacturer Apr 1890
Frederick Bush* Merchant/Developer Apr 1891
William E Hill Machinery Manufacturer Apr 1892
James W Osborn Attorney Apr 1893
James W Osborn Attorney Apr 1894
Otto Ihling Printing Company Owner Apr 1895
James Monroe Postmaster Apr 1896
Allen M Stearns Insurance Agent Apr 1897
Allen M Stearns Insurance Agent Apr 1898
William G Howard Attorney Apr 1899
Albert J Mills Attorney Apr 1900
Albert J Mills Attorney Apr 1901
Edmond S Rankin Insurance Agent Apr 1902
Samuel Folz Furniture Store Owner Apr 1903
James W Osborn Attorney Apr 1904
Walter R Taylor Attorney Apr 1905
William Thompson Kalamazoo Stove, President Apr 1906
William Thompson Kalamazoo Stove, President Apr 1907
Frank H Milham Bryant Paper Company, President Apr 1908
Frank H Milham Bryant Paper Company, President Apr 1909
Charles H Farrell Attorney Apr 1910
Charles H Farrell Attorney Apr 1911
Charles B Hays Hotel Owner/Developer Apr 1912
Alfred B Connable Hotel Owner/Developer Apr 1913
Alfred B Connable Hotel Owner/Developer Apr 1914
James B Balch Kalamazoo Cold Storage Owner Apr 1915
James B Balch Kalamazoo Cold Storage Owner Apr 1916
James B Balch Kalamazoo Cold Storage Owner Apr 1917

Commissioner-Manager Government

Name Occupation Year Elected
William E Upjohn Upjohn Company, President Apr 1918
Albert J Todd A M Todd Company, President Apr 1919
Albert J Todd A M Todd Company, President Apr 1920
Cornelius Verburg* Farmer Nov 1921
George Taylor Taylor Produce, President Nov 1923
George Taylor Taylor Produce, President Nov 1925
Ernest Balch* Kalamazoo College professor Nov 1927
S Rudolph Light Physician Nov 1929
Lewis C Wright Realtor Nov 1931
William Shakespeare Jr Shakespeare Co, President Nov 1933
Paul H Todd A M Todd Company, V President Nov 1935
Arthur Blakeslee Kalamazoo Stove, President Nov 1937
Frank McAllister Grand Trunk Railway, Director Nov 1939
Louis Collins Kalamazoo Ice & Fuel, V President Nov 1941
Louis W Sutherland Sutherland Paper, President Nov 1943
Henry Ford III Attorney Nov 1945
Henry Ford III Attorney Nov 1947
Paul H Todd A M Todd Company, V President Nov 1949
Glenn Allen Jr Attorney Nov 1951
Glenn Allen Jr Attorney Nov 1953
Glenn Allen Jr Attorney Nov 1955
Glenn Allen Jr Attorney Nov 1957
James Gilmore Jr Gilmore Enterprises, V President Nov 1959
Paul E Morrison Jeweler Nov 1961
Raymond Hightower Banker Nov 1963
Raymond Hightower Banker Nov 1965
Paul Schrier Plumbing Contractor Nov 1967
Francis Hamilton Banker Nov 1969
Gilbert Bradley Human Resources Manager Nov 1971
Francis Hamilton Banker Nov 1973
Francis Hamilton Banker Nov 1975
Francis Hamilton Banker Nov 1977
Ed Annen Jr Attorney Nov 1979
Caroline R Ham LL Stryker Corporation Nov 1981
Francis Hamilton Attorney Nov 1983
Ed Annen Jr Attorney Nov 1985
Ed Annen Jr Attorney Nov 1987
Ed Annen Jr Attorney Nov 1989
Beverly Moore College Administrator Nov 1991
Ed Annen Jr Attorney Nov 1993
Barbara Larson County Health Department Nov 1995
Robert B Jones Chemist Nov 1997
Robert B Jones Chemist Nov 1999
Robert B Jones Chemist Nov 2001
Robert B Jones Chemist Nov 2003
Hannah McKinney Kalamazoo College Professor Nov 2005
Bobby Hopewell Hospitality Director Nov 2007
Bobby Hopewell Hospitality Director Nov 2009

123 Records

Source


John Urschel, Records and Information Manager of Division of Records Management, Research and Archives for the City of Kalamazoo, 2008.

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