Past Mayors

James O. Walker (1921-1924)

Public Service:
Walker served as Charlotte's Mayor from 1921 to 1924.

Walker was a funeral director and was popularly known as "Jimmy."

During his Administration:

            Photo of James Walker


  • I.D. Blumenthal opens Radiator Specialties in 1923.
  • The City bought the 600 block of East Trade Street in the heart of handsome old homes as the site for a new City Hall.
  • Instead of moving into the building with City government, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners decided to build a new courthouse in the 700 block of East Trade, extending the central business district east.
  • Efird's Department Stores opened on North Tryon Street in 1923. It was the only store south of Philadelphia with escalators.