Past Mayors

Benjamin Rush Smith (1878-1879)

Public Service:
Smith served one term as Mayor of Charlotte from 1878 to 1879.

Smith was a cotton buyer, commercial merchant and a director of Trader's National Bank.

During his Administration:

            Photo of Benjamin Rush Smith
  • Charlotte voters defeated a tax to maintain the State's first graded schools
  • Commissioners renewed the contract with Charlotte Gas Company for 77 street lamps at a cost of $4 per 1,000 feet.