Past Mayors

Clement Dowd (1869-1871)

Public Service:
Dowd was Charlotte's first Mayor elected following the Civil War.  He served one term as Mayor.  Prior to his becoming Mayor, Dowd served the community as an alderman from Fourth Ward.

Dowd was law partner of war governor Zeb Vance. During the war he served as a Major in the Confederate Army.  He was a former newspaper editor.

            Photo of Clement Dowd
During his Administration:
  • The Charlotte Observer was first published in January 1869.
  • Charlotte's Police Department was established with a chief and eight patrolmen.
  • The City was divided into four wards or sections In 1870 by a new charter adopted by the government.