Past Mayors

David M. Abernathy (1926-1927)

Public Service:
Abernathy was selected to be Mayor when Harvey Moore resigned to run mills in Concord, N.C. Prior to his appointment, Abernathy was a City commissioner and as the City Tax Collector. The other commissioners drafted him to become Mayor.

Abernathy was a former school teacher and principal.


During his Administration:

            Photo of David Abernathy
  • The Carolina Theatre opened at the corner of Sixth and North Tryon streets.
  • Babe Ruth played in an exhibition game in Charlotte's Wearn Field on South Mint Street. More than 4,000 people attended the game.
  • The Federal Reserve established a branch in Charlotte on December 1, 1927.