Past Mayors

Samuel A. Harris (1864-1865) (1866-1868)

Public Service:
Following the Civil War, Harris was appointed Mayor of Charlotte by North Carolina Provisional Governor William W. Holden, once in 1864 and again in 1866.  Prior to his appointment as Mayor, Harris had been the Constable and City auctioneer.

During his Administration:

Photo of Maoyr Samuel Harris
  • Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union forces at Appomattox, Virginia on April 9, 1865.
  • Abraham Lincoln assassinated April 14, 1865.
  • Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Cabinet held its last full meeting in at the home of Williams Phifer on North Tryon Street in Charlotte, April 20, 1865.
  • Union troops occupied a dispirited city on May 7, 1865, and Charlotte entered the Reconstruction following the end of the Civil War.
  • Biddle Institute (now Johnson C. Smith University) was established by a contribution of $1,900 on land donated by William R. Myers.
  • AME Zion Church of Philadelphia helped start a congregation in Charlotte.