Past Mayors

Robert F. Davidson (1862-1863)

Public Service:
Davidson was the Mayor Pro Tem who stepped in for Mayor William Owens after the beginning of the Civil War.  He served one term.

Davidson ran a store on West Trade Street opposite the U.S. Mint. The site is currently across West Trade Street from the Charles R. Jonas Federal Office Building.

Photo of R.F. Davidson

During his Administration:

  • North Carolina joined the Confederacy on May 20, 1861.
  • Charlotte hosted the Confederate Navy Yard and its 1,500 workers. The Yard was destroyed by a mysterious fire in 1864.
  • The North Carolina Military Institute became a Confederate hospital.
  • A commissioner form of government was adopted. Elected officials consisted of a Mayor and four Commissioners elected from the town's four wards.