Past Mayors

E. M. Currie (1941-1943)

Public Service:
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.

            Photo of E. McA. Currie

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.