E. M. Currie (1941-1943)
Currie served one term as Charlotte's Mayor from 1941 to 1943.
A Fayetteville, N.C. native, Currie was a Davidson College graduate. Currie was a World War I veteran. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina and became a judge of the City Recorder's Court.
During his Administration:
- Japan attached Pearl Harbor sinking 19 ships and killing over 2,400 service and civilian personnel on December 7, 1941. This act forced the United States into World War II.
- The U.S. Navy built a shell-loading plant at what is now Arrowood Industrial Park.
- Charlotte Quartermaster Depot opened in May, 1941 for distribution of supplies to Army camps in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
- Production began at the U.S. Rubber Plant near York Road. At the height of the war, the factory employed 10,000 workers.
- Daylight Savings Time first became effective in all of the U.S. in April 1942. It was designed to conserve essential war materials.