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Plainfield Mayors



PLAINFIELD MAYORS: 1869 - 2021

CITY OF PLAINFIELD


City of Plainfield
Municipal Courthouse
325 Watchung Avenue
 
Plainfield, New Jersey 07060


                                 

Plainfield Mayors Portrait Gallery: 1869 - 2021

A meeting of the citizens of Plainfield Township was held in Laing’s Hall on April 20, 1869 for the purpose of forming a city government.  The next day, April 21, 1869, Plainfield was incorporated as a city by an act of the New Jersey State Legislature. The first charter election was held on May 4, 1869. With less than 5,000 citizens at the time, 644 votes were cast and Job Male (1808 – 1891) was elected the first Mayor of Plainfield.  Male immigrated to the United States with his parents, at 8 years of age, from his native England in 1816.

This permanent exhibit, located in the Plainfield Courthouse, offers a visual history of Job Male and the other 36 Mayors whose political actions and contributions shaped the City of Plainfield during their respective term (s). The 37 images cover a 144 - year period (1869 – 2016), portraying a historical record of Plainfield.

On February 17, 1917, in a speech delivered at a celebratory program held  in conjunction with the laying of the cornerstone for Plainfield City Hall,  then Mayor Leighton Calkins said “Here will be performed the duties of the servants of the people. Let this building be a monument to the fidelity of public officials sworn to the service of this community…Better that this building should never be erected than it should be desecrated by unworthy use.”

The Georgian-style building, completed in 1920, is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.

 

Ethel M. Washington                                                                                                                                        
Curator

 

 Adrian O. Mapp
Adrian O. Mapp

 

 

Adrian O. Mapp (Born 1956)

Democrat

2014 to Present

Sharon Robinson-BriggsSharon Robinson-Briggs

 

Sharon Robinson-Briggs (Born 1959)

Democrat

Two Consecutive Terms

2006 - 2013

 Albert T. McWilliams
Albert T. McWilliams

 

Albert T. McWilliams (1953 - 2007)

Democrat

Two Consecutive Terms

1998 - 2005

Mark A. Fury
Mark A. Fury

 

Mark A. Fury (Born 1958)

Democrat

Single Term

1994 - 1997

Harold D. Mitchell

Harold D. Mitchell

 

Harold D. Mitchell (Born 1939)

Democrat

Single Term

1990 - 1993

Richard L. Taylor
Richard L. Taylor

 

Richard L. Taylor (1944 - 2009)

Democrat

One Partial & One Full Term

1984 - 1985 / 1986 - 1989

 Everett C. Lattimore

Everett C. Lattimore

 

Everett C. Lattimore (1927 - 1991)

Democrat

One Partial Term

1982 - 1984



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