Archives, Tampa City Council Members January 1849 - June 1904

Archives, Tampa City Council Members January 1849 - June 1904

Archives, Tampa City Council Members January 1849 - June 1904

Compiled for the City of Tampa Archives by W. Curtis Welch, CA
April 1997      

Revised December 2014

NOTE: The term "City Council" was chosen because it is the current title of the legislative body of the city although this body has held different designations during its existence such as Board of Trustees, Board of Representatives, City Aldermen, etc.

In 1849, The Village of Tampa was incorporated and voters elected a Board of Trustees. This form of government continued sporadically until the City Council was officially established by a Special Act of the Florida State Legislature signed by Governor Broome on December 15, 1855.

January, 1849 - October, 1850

M.G. Sikes, President
Jesse CarterCulbreath A. Ramsey
Thomas Pugh KennedyWilliam Ross

October, 1850 - October, 1851

Alfred C. Robinson, President
The other trustees are unknown at this time

October, 1851 - October, 1852

Martin Cunningham, President
The other trustees are unknown at this time

September, 1853 - September, 1854

John Darling, President
The other trustees are unknown at this time

February 14, 1856 - November 25, 1856

Dr. Darwin Austen Branch, PresidentMicajah C. Brown
Christopher Q. CrawfordBenjamin J. Hagler

November 25, 1856 - February 9, 1857

Dr. Darwin Austen Branch, President (Acting Mayor 11/25/1856 - 12/6/1856)John Jackson
William CooleyEdward A. Clarke
NOTE: The make-up of this first city council (February 14, 1856 - February 8, 1857) seemed to change with some regularity. The exact nature and time of these changes are not recorded, nor are the methods of filling the vacancies.

February 9, 1857 - February 10, 1858

John Jackson, PresidentWilliam Cooley
John T. GivensChristopher L. Friebele

February 10, 1858 - February 12, 1859

William Brinton Hooker, PresidentAndrew Pacetti
William T. BrownSimon Turman, Jr.: 2/10/1858 - 9/20/1858 (Resigned)
Dr. John A. Rice: 9/20/1858 - 11/16/1858 (Died in office)John Darling: 11/16/1858 - 2/12/1859

February 12, 1859 - February 1, 1860

Alfonso DeLaunay, PresidentWilliam G. Ferris
John T. GivensJames Gettis

February 1, 1860 - February 2, 1861

Vincent LeonardiOssian Bingley Hart
Henry Laurens MitchellEli Lockhart

February 3, 1861 - February 22, 1862

John Jackson, PresidentWilliam Cooley
William T. BrownBenjamin J. Hagler

February 22, 1862 - October 25, 1866

The government of the City of Tampa was suspended by Confederate military authorities on February 22, 1862. The municipal government was not officially reorganized until October 25, 1866.

October 25, 1866 - March 1, 1869

Dr. William A. LivelyJosiah Ferris
Robert  Flournoy Nuñez (Died 1/25/1868)Bartholomew C. Leonardi
NOTE: There are no municipal elections known to have been held between October 25, 1866, and March 1, 1869.

March 1, 1869 - August 11, 1873

Cyrus CharlesJohn A. McKay
John F. FletcherJames Williams
Lawrence Masters
At the March 1, 1869, municipal elections the citizens of Tampa voted for the No Corporation People's Ticket to dissolve the City government. Though these council members were elected they never met. The municipal government was not re-organized until August 11, 1873.

August 11, 1873 - August 1874

Edward A. Clarke, PresidentWilliam T. Haskins
Josiah FerrisJohn Thomas Lesley
Henry L. Crane

August 1874 - August 1875

Elections were suspended during this time.

August 1875 - August 1876

Thomas Edward  Jackson, President
NOTE: The other four members are unknown at this time.

August 14, 1876 - August 14, 1877

Henry BrumickThomas Edward Jackson
William Benton HendersonDr. John Perry Wall

August 14, 1877 - August 14, 1878

Henry L. Crane, PresidentJoseph Baisden Wall
Lawrence MastersJohn Henry Krause
Edward A. Clarke

August 14, 1878 - August 13, 1879

William T. Haskins, PresidentJames E. Lipscomb
Charles WrightJoseph Grillion
William B. Henderson

August 13, 1879 - August 14, 1880

Horace H. Hale, President Edward A. Clarke
Dominic GhiraWilliam Benton Henderson
James E. Lipscomb

August 14, 1880 - August 12, 1881

Matthew E. Haynsworth, President
(Acting Mayor 2/19/1881 - 3/22/1881)
Francis Ghira
Robert B. Canning (Resigned)Oliver J. Andreu
Warren A. Givens (3/22/1881 - 8/12/1881)Edward Carney
NOTE: The Florida State Legislature passed an act making council member terms two years in duration and requiring the City Council to divide its membership into two nearly equal parts to be elected subsequently in alternating elections. The Council elected in the 1881 election was directed to draw lots to determine which council members would serve two year terms.

August 12, 1881 - August 14, 1882

Dr. John Perry Wall, President [two year term]William Benton Henderson
Edward A. Clarke [two year term]Thomas Edward Jackson
Dominic  Ghira [two year term]
NOTE: At the new Council's organizational meeting on August 12, 1881, it was decided that three of the five members should serve two year terms of office. Casting lots determined that Dr. John Perry Wall, Edward A. Clarke, and Dominic Ghira would serve the two year terms.

August 14, 1882 - August 14, 1883

Dr. John Perry Wall, PresidentDominic Ghira
William Benton Henderson [two year term]Edward A. Clarke
David R. Fisher [two year term] (Resigned 7/9/1883)

August 14, 1883 - August 13, 1884

Henry L. Crane, President
[two year term]
Horace H. Hale
Phillip H. Collins [two year term]William Benton  Henderson
John Henry Krause [two year term]

August 13, 1884 - August 13, 1885

Henry L. Crane, PresidentJohn Henry Krause
George Bascom Sparkman [two year term]Phillip H. Collins
Silas A. Jones [two year term]
NOTE: On July 1, 1885, the Town Council passed an ordinance changing the number of seats on the Town Council from five to nine; the four new members to be elected at the General Municipal Election on August 11, 1885. Two of the four new members were to serve two year terms and two were to serve one year terms. The four new members were to draw lots at the first meeting of the new council to decide who were to serve the different terms.

August 13, 1885 - August 13, 1886

William T. Haskins, PresidentSilas A. Jones
Dr. John Perry  Wall [two year term]George Bascom  Sparkman
Thomas Edward  Jackson [two year term]Henry Laurens  Knight
William Benton  Henderson [two year term]Harry L. Branch
Thomas Carson Taliaferro [two year term]
NOTE: The four new members cast lots at the new council's organizational meeting on August 13, 1885, and determined that William T. Haskins and Thomas Carson Taliaferro would serve two year terms.

August 13, 1886 - July 15, 1887

Henry L. Crane, President 

William T. Haskins
Henry Laurens Knight William Benton Henderson
James C. Field Dr. John Perry Wall
John Thomas GunnThomas Carson Taliaferro
Thomas Edward  Jackson
NOTE: On July 15, 1887, Tampa reorganized under a Special Act of the Florida State Legislature, abolishing the governments of the Town of Tampa and the Town of North Tampa and establishing the charter for the City of Tampa.

July 15, 1887 - March 8, 1888

(Source: Council Minute Book #1, page 311)

Charles E. Harrison-PresidentWilliam Benton Henderson - President pro tempore
William A. HonakerIsben S. Giddens
Henry Laurens KnightFrederick M. Meyer
Silas L. BiglowCandido Angel Martinez Ybor
Joseph A. WalkerCharles N. Brigham
James E. Mitchell - Died 11/26/1887 (Source: Council Minute Book 2, page 59) Apparently his vacancy was not filled.

March 8, 1888 - March 6, 1889

(Source: Council Minute Book #2, Page 76)

Charles E. Harrison - PresidentSilas L. Biglow - President pro tempore
Thomas Edward JacksonManuel Rodriquez
Archibald RossDr. John Perry Wall
Henry Laurens KnightRobert  Andrew Jackson
Dr. Hiram M. BruceGeorge T. Chamberlain
Frederick  M. Meyer

March 6, 1889 - March 5, 1890

(Source: Council Minute Book #2, page 176)

Charles E. Harrison - President (Resigned 7/3/1889)Alfonso Garcia (8/20/1889 - 3/5/1890)
Frederick  M. Meyer - President 7/17/1889 - 3/5/1890Rafael S. Peña
Silas L. BiglowChauncey L. Ayres 
Duff PostWilliam W. Hooper  (March 30, 1889 - March 5, 1890)
Henry Laurens  KnightArchibald Ross
Frederick A. SalomonsonGeorge T. Chamberlain
NOTE: Charles E. Harrison resigned from the City Council on 7/3/1889 [Council Minute Book #2, pg. 223]. Alfonso Garcia won the special election held on 8/20/1889 to fill his vacancy. [Council Minute Book #2, page 238]
NOTE: The race for the second council seat of the 3rd ward originally resulted in a tie. A special election was held later in the month to fill the vacancy. William W. Hooper won the run-off and was sworn in on 3/30/1889. [Council Minute Book #2, page 186]

March 5, 1890 - March 4, 1891

(Source: Council Minute Book #2, page 285)

Robert F. Webb - PresidentPerry G. Wall - President pro tempore
Jose Gonzalez EliasCharles N. Brigham
Henry H. Scarlett David S. Macfarlane
Silas L. BiglowAmos L. Shaw
George E. HarrisJohn C. Papy
Dr. Hiram M. Bruce (4/2/1890 - 3/4/1891)
NOTE: The race for the second council seat of the 2nd ward originally resulted in a tie. A special election was held later in the month to fill the vacancy. Dr. Hiram M. Bruce won the run-off and was sworn in on 4/2/1890 [Council Minute Book #2, page 291].

March 4, 1891 - March 4, 1892

(Source: Council Minute Book #2, page 363)

William T. Haskins, Sr. - President (Resigned from Council 8/7/1891)Ramon Rivero y Rivero
Lamont  Bailey - President (12/10/1891 - 3/4/1892) (Elected to fill vacancy of Haskins 9/9/1891)Silas L. Biglow - President 8/7/1891 - 12/10/1891 (Resigned from Council 12/10/1891)
Herman Glogowski - (Removed from Council on  6/5/1891)Archibald  Ross (Declared elected to Council on 6/5/1891)
George Bascom SparkmanWilliam Benton  Henderson
George R. MacfarlaneJohn C. Papy
J.J. BellRafael S. Peña
Henry Kruse
NOTE: Lamont T. Bailey was elected to fill vacancy of William T. Haskins, Sr. 9/9/1891 [Council Minute Book #2, page 425].
NOTE: Silas L. Biglow resigned from the Council on 12/10/1895 to become the first department head of the newly created Sanitation Department. His council seat was left vacant until the municipal elections in March 1892 [Council Minute Book 3, page 25].
NOTE: Herman Glogowski's election to the third at-large Council seat was contested by Archibald  Ross immediately after the results were announced. The City Council examined and recounted the votes and declared Archibald Ross the official winner on 6/5/1891 [Council Minute Book 2, page 401].

March 4, 1892 - March 10, 1893

(Source: Council Minute Book #3, page 56)

James C. McNeill - PresidentGeorge T. Chamberlain - President pro tempore
Henry L. CraneJohn Savarese
Louis G. ConeIsaac S. Craft
William H. KendrickPeter O. Knight
James W. RobertsFrederick A. Salomonson
Jose Gomez 

March 10, 1893 - March 9, 1894

(Source: Council Minute Book #3, page 211)

James C. McNeill - PresidentGeorge S. Petty - President pro tempore
Emilio PonsWilliam H. Kendrick
John S. McFallHenry L. Crane
Robert W. EasleyPeter O. Knight
Ramon Rubiera de ArmasJohn Savarese
George T. Chamberlain

March 9, 1894 - March 8, 1895

(Source: Council Minute Book #3, pages 414 and 415)

George S. Petty - PresidentJesse H. Dorsey - President pro tempore
William H. BeckwithIgnacio Haya
William S. HancockDr. John Perry Wall
Mathew B. MacfarlaneFrank Bentley
William W. HooperAdalberto Ramirez
NOTE: Ignacio Haya was elected both at large and for the 4th Ward. It was determined to fill the second seat of the 4th ward by special election. The special election was apparently never conducted.

March 8, 1895 - June 5, 1896

(Source: Council Minute Book #4, page 9)

Adam C. Moore - PresidentJesse H. Dorsey - President pro tempore
Louis G. ConeSamuel Finley  Brengle
William H. BeckwithJames N. Holmes
William W. HooperPerry G. Wall
Emilio PonsAdalberto Ramirez
John S. McFall

June 5, 1896 - June  5,  1898

(Source: Council Minute Book #4, page 179)

Adam C. Moore - PresidentHorace H. Kinyon - President pro tempore
Samuel Finley  BrengleJohn S. McFall
Jesse H. DorseyWilliam H. Beckwith
James N. HolmesLouis L. Spafford
William J. DombrowskyEmilio Pons
Thomas W. Ramsey

June 8, 1898 - June 8,  1900

(Source: Council Minute Book #4, page 406)

Frank Bruen - PresidentW. Lesley Brown - President pro tempore
Selwyn R. MoreyJames N. Holmes
Francis L. WingCurren Elmore Webb
Joel B. PhillipsWilliam H. Frecker
Henry KruseOscar Manrara
Ramon Rubiera de Armas

June 8, 1900 - June  4, 1902

(Source: Council Minute Book #5, page 267)

Adam C. Moore - PresidentWilliam H. Frecker - President pro tempore
William G. MasonEdward D. Hobbs
Jose Fernandez ValdezJohn C. Griswell
Emmett  M. GreesonA.B. Ballard
John CorberaLee Dekle
Samuel L. Lowry (Resigned Jan 18, 1901)Tucker Savage (elected by City Council on 1/18/1901 to fill vacancy) [Source: Council Minute Book #5, page 383]

June  5, 1902 - June 5, 1904

(Source: Council Minute Book #6, page 78)

Arthur W. Cuscaden - PresidentIsaac S. Craft - President pro tempore
Leon  MeriwetherRufus A. Crowell
Amos L. Shaw (Resigned on May 10, 1903)John R. Williams (Filled vacancy of A.L. Shaw beginning on May 22, 1903) [Source: Council Minute Book #6, page 236]
Arthur D. WhaleyAustin C. Ordway
Harry HowardW.D. Wiggins
Maximo CarasPhilip Licata